Histories of the Immediate Present Inventing Architectural Modernism
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Description: Architecture, at least since the beginning of the twentieth century, has suspended historical references in favor of universalized abstraction. In the decades after the Second World War, when architectural historians began to assess the legacy of the avant-gardes in order to construct a coherent narrative of modernism's development, they were inevitably influenced by contemporary concerns. In Histories of the Immediate Present, Anthony Vidler examines the work of four historians of architectural modernism and the ways in which their histories were constructed as more or less overt programs for the theory and practice of design in a contemporary context. Vidler looks at the historical approaches of Emil Kaufmann, Colin Rowe, Reyner Banham, and Manfredo Tafuri, and the specific versions of modernism advanced by their historical narratives. Vidler shows that the modernism conceived by Kaufmann was, like the late Enlightenment projects he revered, one of pure, geometrical forms and elemental composition; that of Rowe saw mannerist ambiguity and complexity in contemporary design; Banham's modernism took its cue from the aspirations of the futurists; and the Renaissance modernism of Tafuri found its source in the division between the technical experimentation of Brunelleschi and the cultural nostalgia of Alberti. Vidler's investigation demonstrates the inevitable collusion between history and design that pervades all modern architectural discourse--and has given rise to some of the most interesting architectural experiments of the postwar period.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 4/18/2008
Size: 5.37" wide x 8.00" long x 0.44" tall
|Foreword: [Bracket]Ing History|
|Neoclassical Modernism: Emil Kaufmann|
|Neoclassicism and Autonomy|
|From Kant to Le Corbusier|
|From Kaufmann to Johnson and Rossi|
|Mannerist Modernism: Colin Rowe|
|An English Palladio|
|The End of Modernism|
|Modernist Mannerism: Stirling|
|Futurist Modernism: Reyner Banham|
|Historicism versus Functionalism|
|Theories and Design|
|Program, Science, and History|
|"Une Architecture Autre"|
|Beyond Architecture: Banham in L A|
|Renaissance Modernism: Manfredo Tafuri|
|Architect and Historian|
|The Eclipse and Rise of History|
|Ideology and Utopia|
|Postmodern or Posthistoire?|