The Resource Behind the postmodern facade : architectural change in late twentieth-century America, Magali Sarfatti Larson

Behind the postmodern facade : architectural change in late twentieth-century America, Magali Sarfatti Larson

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Behind the postmodern facade : architectural change in late twentieth-century America
Title
Behind the postmodern facade
Title remainder
architectural change in late twentieth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Magali Sarfatti Larson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Born amidst the furious social changes of the mid-1960s, postmodern architecture redefined the purposes of a prestigious profession. In this work, Magali Sarfatti Larson gives a bold and comprehensive account of the social, economic, and ideological shifts that cracked the modernist dogma and reintroduced historical allusion, diversity, and ornament into architectural discourse and practice. She connects the socioeconomic realities of postindustrial America to the specific architects who shape the space around us in an arena where practical constraints - such as the organization of firms, clients, and commissions - determine what can be built. Modernism, which took shape in the war-shattered Europe of the 1920s, was energized by a powerful desire for radical social reform. Later it came to express the social and economic domination of corporate capitalism symbolized by interchangeable glass-box cityscapes. As modernism exhausted itself both economically and ideologically, architects like Robert Venturi and Michael Graves began to call for new principles and to embrace the motifs and methods of architectural history and popular culture. The demise of modernism threw the architectural profession into a still unresolved crisis in which parts of the profession questioned not only its discourse but also the architect's subservience to the predominant structures of power. Sarfatti Larson analyzes the complex tensions that exist between economic interest, professional status, and architectural product. She explores, for instance, the symbolic reward systems that consist of awards and recognition by prestigious journals and panels. She deftly exposes the inner workings of a profession in a precarious social position, struggling to ensure the status, place, and power of architects in American society, even as that society redefines the very purpose of architecture. Behind the Postmodern Facade draws from extensive interviews with pivotal architects - from Philip Johnson, who was among the first to introduce European modernism to America, to Peter Eisenman, who condemns what has already become a "traditional post-modernism" and chooses instead to provoke clients and viewers with a new "deconstructionist" style. This book synthesizes sociological research and theory in a novel approach to the artistic field where postmodernism began: Sarfatti Larson proposes a cultural history which reveals precisely how architecture "happens" and what has become of the profession in the postmodern era. Behind the Postmodern Facade makes a ground-breaking contribution to the study of culture and the sociology of knowledge, as well as to architectural and urban history. It will make essential reading for anyone seeking insight into the postmodern phenomenon
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Larson, Magali Sarfatti
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA1996
LC item number
.L37 1993
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Architectural practice
  • Architectural services marketing
  • Architecture
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Architecture, Services d'
  • Architecture
  • Architectes
  • Architects
  • Architectural practice
  • Architectural services marketing
  • Architecture
  • Architecten
  • Beroepspraktijk
  • Postmodernisme
  • Architektur
  • Postmoderne
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Behind the postmodern facade : architectural change in late twentieth-century America, Magali Sarfatti Larson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-307) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Joe Esherick -- pt. 1. The Background of Architectural Change. 1. Architecture as Art and Profession. 2. Architectural Change in the Twentieth Century -- pt. 2. The Postindustrial Matrix of American Architecture. 3. Architecture in the Political Economy of Cities. 4. The Perception of Structure: Firms, Clients, and Career Settings in the Design Elite -- pt. 3. The Revision of the Modern. 5. Architects and Creative Work. 6. Design and Discourse in a Period of Change: The Protagonist's View. 7. Mapping a Paradigm's Demise: The View from a Symbolic Reward System. 8. The Autonomous Transformation: Paper Architecture, 1966-85 -- 9. Conclusion -- Appendix: The Progressive Architecture Awards, 1954-87
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 319 p.
Isbn
9780520081352
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92025694
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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n
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26212103
  • (OCoLC)ocm26212103
Label
Behind the postmodern facade : architectural change in late twentieth-century America, Magali Sarfatti Larson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Joe Esherick -- pt. 1. The Background of Architectural Change. 1. Architecture as Art and Profession. 2. Architectural Change in the Twentieth Century -- pt. 2. The Postindustrial Matrix of American Architecture. 3. Architecture in the Political Economy of Cities. 4. The Perception of Structure: Firms, Clients, and Career Settings in the Design Elite -- pt. 3. The Revision of the Modern. 5. Architects and Creative Work. 6. Design and Discourse in a Period of Change: The Protagonist's View. 7. Mapping a Paradigm's Demise: The View from a Symbolic Reward System. 8. The Autonomous Transformation: Paper Architecture, 1966-85 -- 9. Conclusion -- Appendix: The Progressive Architecture Awards, 1954-87
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 319 p.
Isbn
9780520081352
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92025694
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26212103
  • (OCoLC)ocm26212103

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