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Author Schwarzer, Mitchell.

Title German architectural theory and the search for modern identity / Mitchell Schwarzer
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995


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Description xiv, 364 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Style as a Cultural System -- 2. The Industry of Tradition -- 3. Nationalism and Its World Horizon -- 4. Freedom and Tectonics -- 5. Unity and Schism at the Turn of the Century
Summary German Architectural Theory and the Search for Modern Identity presents for the first time to English-language readers an overview of the theories on architecture in nineteenth-century Austria and Germany. Drawing on writings by architects, historians, philosophers, and critics, Mitchell Schwarzer offers an exhaustive history of the debates on style, industry, nationalism, iron technology, and artistic expression, all of which inform modern architecture. He argues that architecture in the modern era cannot be explained according to the progress of structural, functional, or artistic forces. Rather, he establishes modernity as a series of debates on the parameters of architectural knowledge itself and the identity of the architectural profession in a rapidly industrializing world. Describing theory through its conflicts and unresolved questions, Schwarzer uncovers the complex nature of modern pluralism, one that is deeply relevant at the turn of the millennium
Analysis Architecture History
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-347) and index
Subject Architects -- Austria -- Psychology.
Architects -- Germany -- Biography.
Architectural criticism -- Austria -- History -- 19th century.
Architectural criticism -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
LC no. 94046427
ISBN 0521481503 (hardback)