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From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture's Encounter with the American City
Modernism in architecture and urban design has failed the American city. This is the decisive conclusion that renowned public intellectual Nathan Glazer has drawn from two decades of writing and thinking about what this architectural movement will bequeath to future generations. In "From a Cause to a Style," he proclaims his disappointment with modernism and its impact on ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Princeton University Press
(first published February 20th 2007)
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I'm sympathetic to the sentiment of this book --- that modernist architecture's claims to represent the common man's aesthetic went terribly awry --- this book disappointed my hopes that it would be the all-in-one smackdown of modernism. It suffers from being an combination of new material and adaptations of essays taken from multiple sources, so we get a first part that pretty much says all he wants to say and then feels padded by a bunch of talk of specifics limited to public housing in New Yo ...more
How did modern architecture migrate from a social movement hellbent to improve cities worldwide to Dwell magazine? Glazer traces this path with great writing and plenty of expertise - although he may blame housing projects a bit overly much for the decline in the popularity of modernism. This book is a rarity among architectural history tomes: both provocative and enjoyable to read.