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Inventing American Modernism: Joseph Hudnut, Walter Gropius, and the Bauhaus Legacy at Harvard (Center Books) Hardcover – April 15, 2007
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"Jill Pearlman’s book is a very well researched and enthralling account of interactions and, indeed, clashes between two individuals who shaped modern architectural education at Harvard and beyond. It not only returns Hudnut, deservedly, nearer to center stage, but fills in numerous gaps and sheds light on important episodes in the Graduate School of Design’s rise to prominence, that have gone unnoticed. From a contemporary insider’s perspective, Pearlman’s central arguments are compelling. They answer questions that many of us have wondered about.(Peter G. Rowe, Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and former Dean of the Faculty of Design, Harvard University)
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Jill Pearlman teaches the history of architecture and urbanism at Bowdoin College.
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It is an important source for framing in an international view the special features of the developmente of the Italian modern architecture. Crucial are the relations between Hudnut and Hegemann, who is one of the most important bridges between Europe and the States in a period in which Italy was exploring the possible paths to the construction of the modern city. Very interesting the young Bruno Zevi appearence at Harvard with his acute criticism to Gropius teaching.
High regret for the political barriers that prevented the Italian young architects of that time to better understand the meaning of their difficulty to be "modern", before and after the second world war.
To be read by all the european architects and scholars, especially by the Italian ones.