By Elie Haddad
1960, following because it did the final CIAM assembly, signalled a turning element for the trendy circulate. From then on, structure was once encouraged via seminal texts by means of Aldo Rossi and Robert Venturi, and gave upward push to the 1st revisionary circulate following Modernism. Bringing jointly major specialists within the box, this booklet presents a accomplished, severe evaluate of the advancements in structure from 1960 to 2010. It comprises elements: the 1st part delivering a presentation of significant activities in structure after 1960, and the second one, a geographic survey that covers quite a lot of territories around the globe. This e-book not just displays the several views of its quite a few authors, but in addition charts a center path among the 'aesthetic' histories that study structure exclusively when it comes to its formal elements, and the extra 'ideological' histories that topic it to a critique that frequently skirts the dialogue of its formal elements.
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Additional resources for A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture, 1960-2010. Edited by Elie G. Haddad with David Rifkind
This book therefore reflects the different perspectives of its various authors, but it also attempts to chart a middle course between the “aesthetic” histories that examine architecture solely in terms of its formal aspects, and the “ideological” histories that subject it to a critique that often skirts the discussion of its material aspects. For some historians, the contemporary condition merely represents a “late” phase of the Modernist project, which remains unfulfilled. For others, it confirms our presence in a genuinely Post-Modern condition, which had been previously misrepresented as a return to historicism and neo-classicism.
The newly independent states that emerged after de-colonialization participated in this active search for new directions, producing a diverse range of architectural introduction 3 works, designed to meet the needs of emerging societies, sometimes resorting to a hybrid architectural language that synthesized international Modernism with regional or national patterns. In parallel, political movements in the West contested elite culture and centralized state power, finding expression in various forms of non-traditional practices, from community participation to self-built architecture.
Volker Welter outlined some of the influences of Patrick Geddes’s thinking in Biopolis, Patrick Geddes and the City of Life (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002), 253–4, and in Team 10: In Search of a Utopia of the Present. Modern (or Contemporary) Architecture circa 1959 27 13 Alison and Peter Smithson, “The Built World: Urban Re-Identification,” Architectural Design (June 1955). 14 Jacob Bakema, “Introductory Talks,” CIAM ’59 in Otterlo, 21. 15 Aldo van Eyck, “Talk at the Conclusion of the Otterlo Congress,” CIAM ’59 in Otterlo, 216.
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