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Modern Architecture: A Critical History (World of Art)

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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 con ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 376 pages
Published April 27th 1992 by Thames & Hudson (first published January 1st 1980)
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Mar 16, 2009 Uaba rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture, history
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.
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!
Mar 04, 2014 elliot rated it liked it
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.


Objective consideration of contemporary
phenomena compels the conclusion that
success or failure in competitive activities
Sep 12, 2016 India rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2009 Dyonne rated it really liked it
Shelves: architecture
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.
Feb 21, 2012 Ellenpagee rated it really liked it
ne düşünüyosun diye sordular ama sonuçta bu bi roman değil:)başarılı demem yeterlidir sanırım
Eric Moran
Feb 10, 2014 Eric Moran rated it really liked it
Fluffy, but Frampton is incredible in his historical writing.
Aug 10, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for architects.
Aug 25, 2015 Racdin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
Nearly cover all you need to know
Jul 21, 2015 Saumya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 25, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
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).
Jan 25, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
superb critical overview of the development of modern architecture
Jul 13, 2012 Jonathan rated it did not like it
Pretentious to the point of being unreadable. Nice pictures though...
Marina Panos
Apr 24, 2009 Marina Panos rated it really liked it
met him at a gallery. conversation about chicago and innovation
i think i have to reread it again...i remember nothing ;(
Feb 12, 2010 britany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, nonfiction
boy did i ever love this book
Mar 09, 2008 Shraddha rated it really liked it
Really this deserves a 4.5
Apr 01, 2016 Brian rated it liked it
changed my life
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Kenneth Frampton is a British architect, critic, historian and the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York.

Frampton studied architecture at Guildford School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Subsequently he worked in Israel, with Middlesex County Council and Douglas Ste
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