From Bauhaus to Our House
His doctrine found fertile soil in America, where it was time to adopt a clearly defined and suitable representative architecture.
Tom Wolfe, author of THE PAINTED WORD and THE RIGHT STUFF, treats us to a chronicle of the t...more
This is Tom Wolfe, biting, sarcastic and cutting through to the core.
Alas, the title is distinctly misleading; the book is not at all about domestic architecture. It is about modern architecture in general, from the Bauhaus onwards, with particular attention to America. And, since the author dislikes modern architecture and has no patience for the theories behind it, it is also a fairly scathing critique ...more
The book is basically concerned with american architecture - and how in the pre-WWII era the infusion of banished or fleeing European architects stopped the evolution of what american architecture could have been in its tracks. On the way Wolfe also does a great job of distilling the ideas of the different a ...more
I didn't like it as much this time as previous readings, probably the fourth time I've read it. But, there is something incredibly elitist about academies and art. True in poetry, art, writing and music.
In the internet age, we are entering a time of incredible wei ...more
Now, I'm not a big fan of glass & steel & concrete office buildings, but Wolfe is absolutely virulent on the subject. And therein lies the rub. He detests Bauhaus-inspired work so much that he has no perspective. He is guilty of the same pretentiousness and arrogance of which he accuses the architects whom he dislikes.
There is a great deal to be said agains ...more
From Buahaus to Our House relata el surgimiento y la evolución de la arquitectura moderna, todo narrado de la forma más cómica y cruda posible.
Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe y Walter Gropious son sólo algunos nombres que no escapan de la pluma de Wolfe.
So it's essentially a long, verbose rant about Wolfe's dislike of modern architecture. He starts with the Bauhaus movement and what that stood for and then takes us through modern history explaining how the tenets of that original movement have been f ...more
His rage is rather interesting since he has such harsh half-informed options on classical, modern and post-modern architecture come from a casual observer/journalist perspective. Tom Wolfe is not an architect. I've also read books about classic and modern architecture, and I'm really not sure where his white hot rage stems from. Name calling and hissy fits sprinkle this book in which he crucifies Walter Gropius ...more
This book reveals another side I loved to see, how they had failures and most of the modern architects haven't even had a lot of built projects before ...more
I would probably give this book 5 stars if there was more offered here in th ...more
Esse livro é sobre arquitetura, mas não é para arquitetos, porque – e esse é o argumento do livro – arquitetos modernos são malas e arrogantes. Porém, se você alguma vez entrou num apartamento contemporâneo “clean” e espartano, ou observou um prédio branco ...more
I see these homes. There is a riverside home I admire, built into a hill on a riverbend with a lovely view. However, this home has a flat roof, which was a popular architectural feature at the time it was built. We are in a northern location with lots of heavy snow. No matter how lovely the home, or how cheap the price, I would never, ever, buy a flat roofed h ...more
Tom Wolfe spent his early days as a Washington Post beat reporter, where his free-association, onomatopoetic style would later become the trademark of New Journalism. In books such as The Electric Koolaid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolfe delves into ...more