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Morality and Architecture Revisited

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ISBN-10: 0226874834

ISBN-13: 9780226874838

Edition: 2001

Authors: David Watkin

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When Morality and Architecture was first published in 1977, it received passionate praise and equally passionate criticism. An editorial in Apollo, entitled "The Time Bomb," claimed that "it deserved to become a set book in art school and University art history departments," and the Times Literary Supplement savaged it as an example of "that kind of vindictiveness of which only Christians seem capable." Here, for the first time, is the story of the book's impact. In writing his groundbreaking polemic, David Watkin had taken on the entire modernist establishment, tracing it back to Pugin, Viollet-le-Duc, Corbusier, and others who claimed that their chosen style had to be truthful and rational, reflecting society's needs. Any critic of this style was considered antisocial and immoral. Only covertly did the giants of the architectural establishment support the author. Watkin gives an overview of what has happened since the book's publication, arguing that many of the old fallacies still persist. This return to the attack is a revelation for anyone concerned architecture's past and future.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 191
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Preface Prologue: The Philosophic Background Morality and Architecture Prefatory Note
Introduction
The Theme in the Nineteenth Century
Pugin
Viollet-le-Duc
The Theme in the Twentieth Century
Lethaby
Brave New World
Furneaux Jordan
Pevsner
Early Writings
The Historic Mission
'Historicism' Conclusion References Epilogue: The Critical Reaction The Position Today
Index