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Architecture S Odd Couple

Author: Hugh Howard
ISBN: 9781620403778
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In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names- Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright (1867-1959) began it with his romantic prairie style; Johnson (1906-2005) brought down the curtain with his spare postmodernist experiments. Between them, they built some of the most admired and discussed buildings in American history. Differing radically in their views on architecture, Wright and Johnson shared a restless creativity, enormous charisma, and an outspokenness that made each man irresistible to the media. Often publicly at odds, they were the twentieth century's flint and steel; their repeated encounters consistently set off sparks. Yet as acclaimed historian Hugh Howard shows, their rivalry was also a fruitful artistic conversation, one that yielded new directions for both men. It was not despite but rather because of their contentious--and not always admiring--relationship that they were able so powerfully to influence history. In Architecture's Odd Couple, Howard deftly traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers readers a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs. Featuring many of the structures that defined modern space--from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim, from the Glass House to the Seagram Building--this book presents an arresting portrait of modern architecture's odd couple and how they shaped the American landscape by shaping each other.

Philip Johnson

Author: Peter Blake
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9783764353933
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Philip Johnson, born in 1906, has done much to shape the architecture of this century, both through his buildings and his architectural criticism. Legendary is his influential 1932 "The International Style" exhibition for the New York Museum of Modern Art. Among the most renowned buildings from Johnson's extensive oeuvre - over 200 built works are to his credit - are the Glass House and the New York City AT&T skyscraper. In 1979, he received the Pritzker Prize. This monograph offers a comprehensive survey of Johnson's work.

The Architecture Of Ethics

Author: Thomas Fisher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351065726
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Ethics is one of the most important and least understood aspects of design practice. In his latest book, Thomas Fisher shows how ethics are inherent to the making of architecture – and how architecture offers an unusual and useful way of looking at ethics. The Architecture of Ethics helps students in architecture and other design disciplines to understand the major approaches to ethics and to apply them to the daily challenges they face in their work. The book covers each of the four dominant approaches to ethics: virtue ethics, social contract ethics, duty ethics, and utilitarian ethics. Each chapter examines the dilemmas designers face from the perspective of one of these categories. Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, the text also features 100 illustrations to help integrate these concepts into the design process and to support visual understanding. Ethics is now a required part of accredited architecture programs, making this book essential reading for all students in architecture and design.

Making Dystopia

Author: James Stevens Curl
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191068152
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In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. Moreover, the coming of Modernism was not an inevitable, seamless evolution, as many have insisted, but a massive, unparalled disruption that demanded a clean slate and the elimination of all ornament, decoration, and choice. Tracing the effects of the Modernist revolution in architecture to the present, Stevens Curl argues that, with each passing year, so-called 'iconic' architecture by supposed 'star' architects has become more and more bizarre, unsettling, and expensive, ignoring established contexts and proving to be stratospherically remote from the aspirations and needs of humanity. In the elite world of contemporary architecture, form increasingly follows finance, and in a society in which the 'haves' have more and more, and the 'have-nots' are ever more marginalized, he warns that contemporary architecture continues to stack up huge potential problems for the future, as housing costs spiral out of control, resources are squandered on architectural bling, and society fractures. This courageous, passionate, deeply researched, and profoundly argued book should be read by everyone concerned with what is around us. Its combative critique of the entire Modernist architectural project and its apologists will be highly controversial to many. But it contains salutary warnings that we ignore at our peril. And it asks awkward questions to which answers are long overdue.

Die Nacht Am Strand

Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492960200
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Kristallblauer Himmel und das gleißende Licht am Meer: Die 29-jährige Sydney möchte an der sommerlichen Küste von New Hampshire Abstand von ihrem alten Leben gewinnen. Nach dem tragischen Tod ihres Mannes arbeitet sie als Privatlehrerin im Sommerhaus der Edwards. Doch dann verliebt sie sich in Jeff, einen der beiden erwachsenen Söhne der Familie– und lässt sich auf ein verhängnisvolles Abenteuer ein. Ihr Leben und das der Edwards geraten aus den Fugen...

Die Zarin Der Nacht

Author: Eva Stachniak
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 345873399X
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Katharina steht auf dem Gipfel ihrer Macht: Einst war sie als schüchterne Prinzessin nach St. Petersburg gekommen, nun hat sie ihren Ehemann, Zar Peter III., vom Thron gestürzt. Jahrelang hatte er sie gedemütigt und zurückgewiesen, nun krönt sie sich zur Alleinherrscherin über ein Weltreich. An ihrer Seite steht Grigori Orlow, ihr Geliebter, ebenso mutig wie sie, mit demselben Willen zur Macht. Doch Katharina ist nicht nur von Günstlingen umgeben, sondern auch von Neidern und falschen Freunden, ihre Herrschaft ist stets bedroht: Hinter jedem Vertrauten lauert ein Dolch, jedes Lächeln kann die Maske eines Verrats sein ... Eva Stachniak knüpft an ihren Bestsellererfolg »Der Winterpalast« an und erweckt den russischen Zarenhof mit Glanz und Gloria zum Leben. Sie entführt ihre Leser in die prunkvolle Welt St. Petersburgs, in schillernde Paläste und in die geheimen Gemächer der größten Kaiserin aller Zeiten.