Bibliographic Details

Modern architectural theory : a historical survey, 1673-1968 / Harry Francis Mallgrave.

Author / Creator Mallgrave, Harry Francis.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Description xvii, 503 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Architecture -- Philosophy -- History.
Architecture, Modern.
Architecture, Modern.
Architecture -- Philosophy.
Format Print, Book
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ISBN 0521793068 (hbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This is what all have been waiting for--a comprehensive, dispassionate, and scholarly account of architectural theory since the breakdown of Renaissance-baroque humanist architectural theory in the 18th century. Mallgrave is an established author and scholar who has written authoritatively on that most intractable of subjects, 19th-century German architectural theory. In fact, in many ways this book represents a lebenswerk for Mallgrave, who practices architecture in Florida. He prepared for it by serving for 20 years as editor of the "Texts and Documents Series" for the Getty Research Institute, in the areas of architecture and aesthetics. In short, this book will long stand as a basic library resource and as a comprehensive student resource for architectural theory courses throughout the English-speaking world. Gracefully written, thoroughly researched, and sensibly organized by country, it also includes Russia and Italy. Fortunately, the book starts with Rene Descartes in the late 17th century, providing a good ramp up to 18th-century architectural theory. Unfortunately, the book's coverage ends at about 1970, leaving the tremendous challenge and complexity of postmodern architectural theory to some other survey. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers. P. Kaufman Boston Architectural Center

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