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Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture

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The present volume offers eloquent testimony that many of the master builders of this century have held passionate convictions regarding the philosophic and social basis of their art. Nearly every important development in the modern architectural movement began with the proclamation of these convictions in the form of a program or manifesto. The most influential of these a ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 1975 by Mit Press (first published December 31st 1970)
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This is so key to understanding modern architecture. This is probably one of the best things I read in college.
This is a wonderful little book contains a healthy collection of programs that might not be found elsewhere such as William Katavolos' 1960 "Organics". Don't get it to read what Corbusier or Mies laid down. You can get that anywhere. Get it to read Bruno Taut's 1920 "Down with seriousism!" Only covering up to 1963, it is more of an artifact, but still an enjoyable book to have laying around. Warning: Not meant to be read cover to cover - may cause irritability.
Sean Billy
I didn't finish the last ten pages. It started off kind of interesting but I don't think it's meant to be read from page 1-completion as i was doing. It can get painful as architects really aren't the best writers (mhghm Buckminster Fuller...) I'm glad I own it thought for reference.
A concise and trim overview of architectural manifestoes from 1903 to 1963. Also has Sant'Elia/Marinetti's vivid and loud proclamation for a Futurist architecture, which is awesome and downright hilarious.
You don't need to be an architecture fan - just dig art and the brainchilds of art movements in the 20th century
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