Anxious Modernisms : Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture

Casciato, Maristella and Eleb, Monique and Goldhagen, Sarah Williams and Legault, Réjean and Isenstadt, Sandy and Lobsinger, Mary Louise and Martin, Reinhold and Rogier, Francesca and Rohan, Timothy M. and Scott, Felicity and Violeau, Jean-Louis and Wagenaar, Cornelis and Wendelken, Cherie and Neumann, Eva-Marie. Anxious Modernisms : Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture. Montréal, Qc: Centre canadien d'architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture; Cambridge, MA: s.n., 2000.

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Abstract (English)

This major anthology, edited by S.W. Goldhagen and R. Legault, focuses on the role of architectural culture in postwar society (referred to as the “age of anxiety”). It contains monographic essays by 12 authors, on the work of selected postwar architects and theorists whose revisions of modernism provided alternatives to International Style and historicism. A wide range of issues are considered in relation to scientific, technological and cultural developments following the Second World War. The editors’ introductory text outlines the central themes addressed in the book: the modern movement, popular culture and everyday life, anti-architecture, democratic freedom, “homos ludens” (man at play), primitivism, authenticity, history and regionalism/place. The essays focus on the following subjects: Italian Neorealism; ATBAT’s housing projects in Casablanca; Alison and Peter Smithson’s theories about home; Neutra’s postwar suburban houses; Price’s Fun Palace; Saarinen’s work for IBM; Berlin housing projects of the Stalinallee and the Hansaviertel; Rudolph’s art building on the Wellesley College campus; Rudofsky’s architectural polemics; the Marxist critique of the Situationist International; Bakema’s architectural theory; and the Japanese Metabolists. Other topics discussed include: J.-P. Sartre’s existential philosophy; issues of monumentality, functionalism, ornamentation and fashion; vernacular architecture and nomadism; and modernist definitions of Zeitgeist. Numerous references are made to S. Giedion’s book “Space, Time, and Architecture.” Biographical notes on authors. Index. Circa 750 bibl. ref.

Types: Anthologies, essays, collections
All Contributors: Casciato, Maristella (Author); Eleb, Monique (Author); Goldhagen, Sarah Williams (Editor); Goldhagen, Sarah Williams (Author); Legault, Réjean (Editor); Legault, Réjean (Author); Isenstadt, Sandy (Author); Lobsinger, Mary Louise (Author); Martin, Reinhold (Author); Rogier, Francesca (Author); Rohan, Timothy M. (Author); Scott, Felicity (Author); Violeau, Jean-Louis (Author); Wagenaar, Cornelis (Author); Wendelken, Cherie (Author); Neumann, Eva-Marie (Author)
Dossier: 330 - CENTRE CANADIEN D'ARCHITECTURE (Montréal)
Collation: 335 p. : 99 ill. ; 24 x 19 cm
ISBN: 0262072084
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: Montréal, Qc: Centre canadien d'architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture; Cambridge, MA: s.n.
Art Organizations: Canadian Centre For Architecture (Montreal, Qc.)
Event Statement: Conferences dates: spring 1998, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University ; spring 1999, Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal).
Keywords: MODERNISM; ARCHITECTURE; EVERYDAY LIFE; AUTHENTICITY; PLACE; POPULAR CULTURE; ANTI-ARCHITECTURE; HOMOS LUDENS; REGIONALISM; INTERNATIONAL STYLE; NEOREALISM; DEMOCRATIC FREEDOM; NOMADISM; FUNCTIONALISM; DWELLING; METABOLISM; ZEITGEIST; POSTWAR ARCHITECTURE; MONUMENTALITY; SPACE; TIME; HOME; DÉRIVE; DÉTOURNEMENT; URBAN PLANNING; MOBILITY; ORNAMENTATION; CYBERNETICS; CITY (The); MATERIALITY; HABITAT; SPECTACLE; SARTRE, JEAN PAUL; SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL (The); GIEDION, SIGFRIED; ATBAT-AFRIIQUE (Atelier des bâtisseurs-Afrique); CIAM (Congrès internationaux d'architecture); TEAM TEN; SMITHSON, ALISON; SMITHSON, PETER; NEUTRA, RICHARD; BANHAM, REYNER; IBM; RUDOFSKY, BERNARD; ÉCOCHARD, MICHEL; CANDILIS, GEORGES; PRICE, CEDRIC; RUDOLPH, PAUL; THE JEWETT ARTS CENTER; DEBORD, GUY; JAAP BAKEMA; METABOLISTS (The); OTAKA, MASATO; KIKUTAKE, KIYONORI; MAKI, FUMIHIKO; KUROKAWA, NORIAKI; KUROKAWA, KISHO; NOBORU, KAWAZOE; TANGE, KENZO; NOYES, ELIOT; KOLLEKTIVPLAN (The); STALLINALLEE (The); HANSAVIERTEL (The); FUN PALACE (The); BODIANSKY, VLADIMIR; AALTO, ALVAR; GROPIUS, WALTER; LE CORBUSIER; MIES VAN DER ROHE, LUDWIG; WOODS, SHADRACH; SAARINEN, EERO
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Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2002
Last Modified: 30 May 2012 16:47
URI: http://e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/14416
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