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Modern Architecture: A Critical History

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,823 ratings  ·  28 reviews

Third edition: revised and enlarged

362 illustrations

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 patron

Paperback, Third Edition World of Art, 376 pages
Published April 27th 1992 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1980)
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Mar 16, 2009 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. ...more
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 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
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο είναι αρτιότατο. Για όποιον ενδιαφέρεται για Αρχιτεκτονική. Οπότε, ιδού και το απαραίτητον διευκρινιστικό σχόλιο στην κριτική μου: ΟΥΣΤ!
India M. Clamp
Aug 11, 2016 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 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 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fluffy, but Frampton is incredible in his historical writing.
Lucas Cazanatto
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
partindo de uma concepção marxista da história da arquitetura, Frampton consegue transmitir desde os primórdios das condições materiais do nascimento da arquitetura moderna até as mazelas e os vazios de expressão cultural do capitalismo tardio. livro essencial para todo estudante de arquitetura para criação de entendimento crítico da nossa arquitetura, e para mim conseguiu destruir muitos pré-conceitos com diversos arquitetos, e criar desprezo bem-fundado contra outros.
Andreas Schmidt
Architettura moderna, questa sconosciuta
Traccia a grandi linee la storia dell'architettura moderna dalla fine del Diciottesimo secolo ai giorni nostri. L'autore cerca di fare il punto della situazione, ma quattrocento pagine non sono sufficienti per descrivere la storia dell'architettura dal periodo moderno. Forse non ne basterebbero nemmeno duemila.
Esther Arnaiz García
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: hda, tfg
Read the third part about critic valuation and extension through present (1925-1991) and it feels a bit empty without the trate ent of other global areas out of the considered first world. Nevertheless, it is still a basic lecture for the knowledge of contemporary architecture.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
its good
Unable to get a copy of this book. Can anyone pls help me in providing the soft copy of this book.
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Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
strašno čitljivo, informativno i iznad svega korisno štivo
Marco Noli
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Essay format makes for quick goal reading, but the writing is sometimes a bit opaque. additionally, there are a lot of references to projects that are not visually documented within the book, leaving the reader to guess. Inclusion of those would have made the book prohibitively large. Be sure to be around a computer to look up what is referenced.
Nov 17, 2014 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. ...more
Dec 25, 2007 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). ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
Nearly cover all you need to know
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
changed my life
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pretentious to the point of being unreadable. Nice pictures though...
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really this deserves a 4.5
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for architects.
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ne düşünüyosun diye sordular ama sonuçta bu bi roman değil:)başarılı demem yeterlidir sanırım
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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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