Twentieth-Century Architecture and Modernity

Our Past, Our Present

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The theme of “modernity” was the launching pad for architecture in the 20th century, to the point of completely revolutionizing our way of life. By causing in its development absolutizations and misunderstandings, actual motives linked to the profound desire to improve everyone’s life were reconsidered…
 
ISBN: 978-1-954081-90-1
Binding: Softbound with flaps
Pages: 200pp
Publication Date: September 2022
Size: 5.5” x 7.8” Portrait
World Rights: Available

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"What were the significant stages of "modernity" in 20th century architecture and how, in some cases, its initial effervescence was undermined, gradually leading to forms of closure rather than opening to the world. How can we frame the idea of modernity with respect to our present?"

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ISBN

978-1-954081-90-1

Binding

Soft Bound

Pages

200pp

Size

5.5” x 7.8” Portrait

Publication date

September 2022

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The theme of “modernity” was the launching pad of architecture in the 20th century, to the point of completely revolutionizing our way of life but producing, in its development, absolutizations and misunderstandings, so as to disperse the main values linked to the profound desire to improve everyone’s life.
Against the theses that during the 20th century linked the destinies of “modernity” to the theories of the Modern Movement, hoping for them to be overcome, the book deals with the theme of a continuity with the present by recovering those “open visions” that characterized “modernity” at the end of the 19th century.
By critically reviewing the main stages of development over time, the intense debates of architectural historians, architects and contemporary scholars, the thesis of a modernity as tradition, research, criticism, a place of contradictions is supported, echoed by that of “architecture tout court”, enhancing the present in its current fragility of views, even more today with the appearance of a virus capable of undermining our way of living. These are “contemporary modernisms” aimed at recovering the essence of a recent past to project it into the present, restoring to architecture that long-neglected role of critical construction and formation of society in an era, ultimately defined as “of Rembrandt beauty”.

Authors

Patrizia Mello is interested in history, theory, and criticism of contemporary design, topics on which she carries out in teaching and research for her books, numerous essays, and articles. She currently teaches Contemporary Architecture II at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

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ISBN: 978-1-954081-90-1
Binding: Softbound with flaps
Pages: 200pp
Publication Date: September 2022
Size: 5.5” x 7.8” Portrait
World Rights: Available

From the Author:
“I wrote this book to clarify the various misunderstandings that characterized the history and theory of twentieth-century architecture with reference to the concept of “modernity” and how it has unfolded up to now since the early 20th century. In particular, I wanted to show that the thought of the masters of the Modern Movement has been misunderstood, up to the drifts of the so-called Postmodernism and all the other different positions that attacked the Modern Movement in architecture, rather than enhancing its principles, producing only and only the umpteenth style in architecture. Re-evaluating the theme of modernity with respect to the contemporary design field can contribute to rediscovering the social and the new needs that characterize it, also in relation to the emergence of the Coronavirus.”

Twentieth-Century Architecture and Modernity

"What were the significant stages of "modernity" in 20th century architecture and how, in some cases, its initial effervescence was undermined, gradually leading to forms of closure rather than opening to the world. How can we frame the idea of modernity with respect to our present?"

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