Roots of Contemporary American Architecture: A Series of Thirty-Seven Essays Dating from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present

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Lewis Mumford


ROOTS OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE

a series of thirty-seven essays dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present

This book, collected and edited by Lewis Mumford, contains an Introductory essay and biographies of the twenty-nine writers whose work appears herein.

GROVE PRESS, INC. NEW YORK

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface to the New Edition vii
  • A Backward Glance 1
  • I - Sources of Form 31
  • Form and Function 32
  • A New Seale of Values 57
  • Love of the Work 69
  • Towards the Organic 74
  • II - Roots in the Region 83
  • Early Foundations 84
  • Rural Adaptation 93
  • Frederick Law Olmsted's Contribution 101
  • The Regionalism of Richardson 117
  • Nature as Architect 132
  • Environment as a Natural Resource 141
  • III - The Role of the Machine 151
  • The Development of Modern Style 152
  • The Brooklyn Bridge as a Monument 159
  • The Art and Craft of the Machine 169
  • Craftsmen: Machines: Speed 186
  • Machinery and the Modern Style 196
  • The Balloon Frame and Industrialization 201
  • IV - Integration in Chicago 207
  • The Chicago Renascence 208
  • The Economics of Steel Frame Construction 230
  • The First Skyscraper 237
  • Function and Environment 243
  • The Chicago Period in Retrospect 251
  • V - Client, Architect and House 259
  • Client and Architect 260
  • The Equipment of the Architect 269
  • Character and Style 276
  • The Naturalization of the House 289
  • Simplicity and Domestic Life 299
  • The Post-Modern House 306
  • VI - Social Responsibilities 317
  • What is a House? 318
  • The Sad Story of American Housing 326
  • New Towns for New Purposes 336
  • Towards a New Physical World 347
  • VII - The Search for the Universal 357
  • The Language of Form 358
  • The Basis of Universalism 369
  • The International Style 382
  • The Example of Frank Lloyd Wright 396
  • Composition in Modern Architecture 404
  • Function and Form 411
  • Biographical Sketches 419
  • Acknowledgements 439
  • Credit 441
  • Index 443
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