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Modern Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

Adam Sharr

22 November 2018

ISBN: 9780198783442

192 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Adam Sharr tells the story of how modern architecture developed and produced its powerful cultural images. Considering the new building materials and techniques which shaped the movement, such as innovations in steel and concrete and the advent of air conditioning, he concludes by asking whether contemporary architecture remains modern at heart.

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Adam Sharr tells the story of how modern architecture developed and produced its powerful cultural images. Considering the new building materials and techniques which shaped the movement, such as innovations in steel and concrete and the advent of air conditioning, he concludes by asking whether contemporary architecture remains modern at heart.

  • Offers a fresh, clear approach to the story of modern architecture, involving the latest scholarship
  • Considers the technical innovations that opened-up the cultural and intellectual opportunities for modern architecture to happen
  • Uses examples from around the world to demonstrate how buildings stand for particular architectural ideas
  • Explores how buildings can be studied for their insights into the values of the individuals and cultures who produced, designed, and inhabited them
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Adam Sharr, Professor of Architecture, and Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK

Adam Sharr is Professor of Architecture, and Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, at Newcastle University, UK. He is also Editor in Chief of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press), Series Editor of Thinkers for Architects (Routledge) and Principal of Adam Sharr Architects. He is the author or editor of seven books about architecture.

Table of Contents

    1.:Introduction
    2.:Iron and steel
    3.:Reinforced concrete
    4.:Brick
    5.:Light and air
    6.:Conclusion
    Further reading
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Adam Sharr has succeeded in making modern architecture modern again, with this refreshing and original account of the technological revolutions and individual designers that shaped our world from the 1850s to the 1970s. Rather than concentrate on questions and debates over style and ideology, or follow the self-promotional versions of the architects themselves, he has preferred to go to the root of the revolution: the technologies and their innovative utilization. This little book will have an effect far beyond its size, providing more than an introduction for students and the public, and for architects themselves a salutary set of careful worked case studies, from Miess IIT Campus to Rogers and Pianos Centre Pompidou." - Anthony Vidler, Professor of Architecture, The Cooper Union

"The great strength of Adam Sharr's book is that it relates modern architecture to wider cultural, philosophical, and technological trends. It is also written in a very accessible style and, despite its brevity, covers a wide territory." - Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro Vice-Chancellor University of the Arts London