Twentieth-Century Architecture and Modernity

Twentieth-Century Architecture and Modernity

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Against the theory that the 20th century connected the objective of modernity to that of the Modern Movement, this book deals with the theme of a present continuity by revealing those “open visions” that characterized modernity at the end of the 19th century. By critically reviewing the main stages of development over time—as well as the intense debates of architectural historians, architects, and contemporary scholars—through the thesis of modernity as tradition, research, and criticism, a concept of contradiction is supported. Further echoed by that of “architecture tout court,” enhancing the present environment in its current fragility of views—even more so 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.”

By Patrizia Mello
ORO Editions, 2022
Paperback, 200 pages
5.25 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches

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