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- DescriptionIn the decades following World War II, modern architecture spread around the globe alongside increased modernization, urbanization, and postwar reconstruction-and it eventually won widespread acceptance. But as the limitations of conventional conceptions of modernism became apparent, modern architecture has come under increasing criticism. In this collection of essays, experienced and emerging scholars take a fresh look at postwar modern architecture by asking what it meant to be modern, what role modern architecture played in constructing modern identities, and who sanctioned (or was sanctioned by) modernism in architecture.This volume presents focused case studies of modern architecture in three realms-political, religious, and domestic-that address our very essence as human beings. Several essays explore developments in Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Yugoslavia and document a modernist design culture that crossed political barriers, such as the Iron Curtain, more readily than previously imagined. Other essays investigate various efforts to reconcile the concerns of modernist architects with the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian institutions. And a final group of essays looks at postwar homebuilding in the United States and demonstrates how malleable and contested the image of the American home was in the mid-twentieth century. These inquiries show the limits of canical views of modern architecture and reveal instead how civic institutions, ecclesiastical traditions, individual consumers, and others sought to sanction the forms and ideas of modern architecture in the service of their respective claims or desires to be modern.
- Author BiographyVLADIMIR KULI is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale. He is the coauthor of Modernism In-Between: The Mediatory Architectures of Socialist Yugoslavia and the coeditor of Unfinished Modernizations-Between Utopia and Pragmatism: Architecture and Urban Planning in the Former Yugoslavia and the Successor States. TIMOTHY PARKER is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Art at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. MONICA PENICK is Assistant Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2015
- Series TitleRoger Fullington Series in Architecture
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight535 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byMonica Penick,Timothy Parker,Vladimir Kuli
- Foreword byFrederick Steiner
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