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Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style (Culture Politics & the Built Environment) Hardcover – November 19, 2019

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“In this much-needed book, Charles Davis situates discourses of race and nationalism within the context of architectural history and historiography, bringing visibility to race and its impacts on architectural style and building typology. Building Character is an innovative and compelling exploration of the race concept as a fundamental issue within the study of modern architecture.” —Milton S. F. Curry, University of Southern California
 


“By investigating how race shapes historical meaning and cultural associations of architectural forms, systems, and discourses, Davis makes an outstanding contribution to current debates in architectural history and theory. This book is a groundbreaking effort, an incomparable study.” —Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University
 
 

About the Author

Charles L. Davis II is an Architectural Historian and Critic and an Assistant Professor of Architectural History at the University of Buffalo.  

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st edition (November 19, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 082294555X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0822945550
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 1 x 10 inches
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Charles L. Davis II is an associate professor of architectural history and criticism at the University at Buffalo. He received his PhD in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and has an M.Arch and B.P.S. from the University at Buffalo. His academic research excavates the role of racial identity and race thinking in architectural history and contemporary design culture. Charles is co-editor of Race and Modern Architecture (University of Pittsburgh, 2020), which collects 18 case studies on the racial discourses of modern architecture from the Enlightenment to the present and the cultural reader Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015). His book manuscript, Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style (University of Pittsburgh, 2019) traces the historical integrations of race and style theory in paradigms of “architectural organicism,” or movements that modeled design on the generative principles of nature. He has published articles and essays in Architectural Research Quarterly, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Aggregate, Append-x and VIA.

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