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Makers of Modern Architecture

Martin Filler.

By Martin Filler, 1948-

Everyone knows what modern architecture looks like, but few understand how this revolutionary new form of building emerged little more than a century ago or what its aesthetic, social, even spiritual aspirations were. Through illuminating studies of the leading men and women who forever changed our built environment, veteran architecture critic Martin Filler offers fresh insights into this unprecedented cultural transformation. From Louis Sullivan, father of the skyscraper, to Frank Gehry, magician of post-millennial museum, Filler emphasizes how their force of personality has had a decisive effect on everything from how we inhabit our homes to how we shape our cities.

Why was the sudden shift in architectural fashion that wrecked the career of the Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh not enough to destroy the indomitable spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright, who rose from adversity to become America’s greatest architect? Why was Philip Johnson, “dean of American architecture” during the 1980s, so haunted by the superior talent of this less-fortunate contemporary Louis Kahn that he could barely utter his name even at the peak of his own success? How did Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s dictum “Less is more” give way to Robert Venturi’s “Less is a bore”?

Surveying such current urban design sagas as the reconstruction of Ground Zero and the reunification of Berlin, Filler also trains his sharp eye on some of the biggest names in architecture today, puncturing more than one overinflated reputation while identifying the true masters who are now building for the ages.




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Format: Book
Author: Filler, Martin, 1948-
Title: Makers of modern architecture / Martin Filler.
Publisher Date: New York : New York Review Books, 2007-2013.
Subject: Architecture, Modern -- 20th century
Isbn: 9781590172278 (v. 1) 1590172272 (v. 1) 9781590176887 (v. 2) 159017688X (v. 2)
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Call Number: 724.6 Fil
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Format: Book
Author: Filler, Martin, 1948-
Title: Makers of modern architecture / Martin Filler.
Publisher, Date: New York : New York Review Books, 2007-2013.
Description: 2 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Architecture, Modern -- 20th century
Notes: "A New York Review collection."
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents: Vol. 1. Louis Sullivan -- Frank Lloyd Wright -- Charles Rennie Mackintosh -- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe -- Le Corbusier -- Alvar Aalto -- Charles and Ray Eames -- Louis Kahn -- Philip Johnson -- Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown -- Frank Gehry -- Richard Meier -- Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti -- Norman Foster -- Renzo Piano -- Daniel Libeskind/David Childs -- Santiago Calatrava -- v. 2. Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White -- Frank Lloyd Wright -- Le Corbusier -- The Bauhaus -- Ernst May and Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky -- Oscar Niemeyer -- Edward Durell Stone -- Eero Saarinen -- R. Buckminster Fuller -- Carlo Scarpa -- James Stirling -- Renzo Piano -- Rem Koolhaas -- Bernard Tschumi -- Tod Williams and Billie Tsien -- Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa -- Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro -- Snøhetta -- Michael Arad.
LCCN: 2007004176
ISBN: 9781590172278 (v. 1)
ISBN: 1590172272 (v. 1)
ISBN: 9781590176887 (v. 2)
ISBN: 159017688X (v. 2)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 724.6 Fil