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Third edition: revised and enlarged 362 illustrations This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patron Third edition: revised and enlarged 362 illustrations This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patronage have combined to produce a comprehensive and convincing architectural culture: Finland, France, Spain and Japan. The bibliography has also been reviewed and extended, making this volume more indispensable than ever.


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Third edition: revised and enlarged 362 illustrations This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patron Third edition: revised and enlarged 362 illustrations This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patronage have combined to produce a comprehensive and convincing architectural culture: Finland, France, Spain and Japan. The bibliography has also been reviewed and extended, making this volume more indispensable than ever.

30 review for Modern Architecture: A Critical History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Uaba

    This is certainly the best book of Modern Achitecture ever written. It's easy to read and very simple. I just wish the pictures were not in black and white.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    This book is possibly the best survey of modern architecture in print. Short, concise chapters outline the major philosophies and trends that underwrote the buildings of our times. No student of Art, Design and Architecture should be without it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris

    Το βιβλίο είναι αρτιότατο. Για όποιον ενδιαφέρεται για Αρχιτεκτονική. Οπότε, ιδού και το απαραίτητον διευκρινιστικό σχόλιο στην κριτική μου: ΟΥΣΤ!

  4. 4 out of 5

    India M. Clamp

    Did Frampton disrespect Frank Lloyd Wright? Was Bauhaus a style or band? Could Zunkunftskathedrale have something to do with a cathedral and zoo? Absolute requirement--- touch, read and tote---for those students pursuing knowledge, beauty coupled with criticism! All elevated or lowly undertakings some would argue start with curiosity, the questions presents itself like a hungry belly grumbling with a question of why, how or more appropriately “how idiotic, why?” Three chapters into “Modern Archit Did Frampton disrespect Frank Lloyd Wright? Was Bauhaus a style or band? Could Zunkunftskathedrale have something to do with a cathedral and zoo? Absolute requirement--- touch, read and tote---for those students pursuing knowledge, beauty coupled with criticism! All elevated or lowly undertakings some would argue start with curiosity, the questions presents itself like a hungry belly grumbling with a question of why, how or more appropriately “how idiotic, why?” Three chapters into “Modern Architecture,” you encounter an author who does not give much concern for Frank Lloyd Wright— and he is presented in brief. Thus if pages where love then its denied to Frank Lloyd Wright and maybe it is given to another in chapter thirteen. This chapter is long, tedious and a most seductive rant on The Glass Chain: European Architectural Expressionism 1910-25.Some phrases that linger are---inscribed on the glass dome by Scheerbart--- “Light wants crystal, glass brings a new era and building in brick only does us harm” is literary silver on the page (Frampton 116) and inspirational to the reader. This chapter delineates the reverence for the delta from darkness to light in Modern Architecture. Chapters are rampant and this text is the equivalent of the student bible in Art, Design and Architecture though birthed in 1980 it still has sway, gives lengthy consideration to globalization and remains a testament to Modern Architecture. This book is a stupendous read and survived many clandestine sessions in my black Tony Burch tote, I strongly recommended this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    elliot

    anytime i read architectural criticism, i think of george orwell's famous bloodletting of a passage from ecclesiastes, where I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. becomes: Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities anytime i read architectural criticism, i think of george orwell's famous bloodletting of a passage from ecclesiastes, where I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. becomes: Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must inevitably be taken into account. that said, kenneth's knowledge of architecture is broad indeed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellenpagee

    ne düşünüyosun diye sordular ama sonuçta bu bi roman değil:)başarılı demem yeterlidir sanırım

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dyonne

    In 1992 my Professors Cava & Cloepfil introduced me to K.Framptons writings and theories. Changed the emphasis of my education & re-focussed how I read the buildings & cities around me. In 1992 my Professors Cava & Cloepfil introduced me to K.Framptons writings and theories. Changed the emphasis of my education & re-focussed how I read the buildings & cities around me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Fluffy, but Frampton is incredible in his historical writing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Essential reading for architects.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Cazanatto

    partindo de uma concepção marxista da história da arquitetura, Frampton consegue transmitir desde os primórdios das condições materiais do nascimento da arquitetura moderna até as mazelas e os vazios de expressão cultural do capitalismo tardio. livro essencial para todo estudante de arquitetura para criação de entendimento crítico da nossa arquitetura, e para mim conseguiu destruir muitos pré-conceitos com diversos arquitetos, e criar desprezo bem-fundado contra outros.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Schmidt

    Architettura moderna, questa sconosciuta Traccia a grandi linee la storia dell'architettura moderna dalla fine del Diciottesimo secolo ai giorni nostri. L'autore cerca di fare il punto della situazione, ma quattrocento pagine non sono sufficienti per descrivere la storia dell'architettura dal periodo moderno. Forse non ne basterebbero nemmeno duemila.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shaima

    its good

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aruna

    Unable to get a copy of this book. Can anyone pls help me in providing the soft copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ana ☽ ♅

    strašno čitljivo, informativno i iznad svega korisno štivo

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marco Noli

    fotocopiato

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Essay format makes for quick goal reading, but the writing is sometimes a bit opaque. additionally, there are a lot of references to projects that are not visually documented within the book, leaving the reader to guess. Inclusion of those would have made the book prohibitively large. Be sure to be around a computer to look up what is referenced.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Saumya

    Brilliant. It is a very truthful book. Even if one doesn't agree with some of the author's views, it is impossible not to be astounded by the amount of work put into this book. I rate it this high because this book has successfully achieved existence. A topic this broad wrapped up effectively in about 300 pages is definitely a feat in itself. Also, this is the first book on architecture that I have read from the first word to the last, and I am glad I did.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Definitely a classic. Frampton tends towards the verbose in some of his "critical" evaluations, but overall I gained much from reading this (at least compared to the agitprop tomes of Tafuri and Benevolo).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Racdin

    Nearly cover all you need to know

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    changed my life

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Pretentious to the point of being unreadable. Nice pictures though...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shraddha

    Really this deserves a 4.5

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Solias

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Haynes

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maysam

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pramathesh Das

  28. 5 out of 5

    Livia Soare

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bassam

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lili

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