Shaping a Nation: Twentieth-Century American Architecture and Its Makers

Shaping a Nation: Twentieth-Century American Architecture and Its Makers

Shaping a Nation: Twentieth-Century American Architecture and Its Makers

Shaping a Nation: Twentieth-Century American Architecture and Its Makers

Synopsis

This is a narrative history of the major figures, influential movements and landmark buildings which have defined American architecture in the 20th century. It focuses mainly on great architecture, and addresses both artistic and practical issues such as architectural preservation and financial constraints. The author discusses the triumph of modernism, the growth of architectural preservation, the eclipse of the the practical arts by money, theory and abstraction, and the uncertain future of architecture in a country which celebrates both individualism and community.

Excerpt

This book begins in the past, but attempts to pass judgment on the present, a hazardous undertaking. Any number of architecture books that have attempted it over the years included all too many designers whose names and works promptly vanished from the collective memory.

My interest in American architecture began while I was in college, and intensified as a graduate student, but it took a different direction when I went into journalism. In beginning this book, I took comfort . . .

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