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No place like Utopia : modern architecture and the company we kept, Peter Blake

Label
No place like Utopia : modern architecture and the company we kept
Title
No place like Utopia
Title remainder
modern architecture and the company we kept
Statement of responsibility
Peter Blake
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
For more than half a century, Peter Blake has lived in the mainstream of contemporary architecture and art. As writer, magazine editor, critic, and practicing architect, he has numbered among his friends and acquaintances (and occasionally enemies) virtually all of the major figures of modern architecture, and a good many famous artists as well. In this crisp and lively memoir, he brings them - and the time he shared with them - vividly and memorably to life. The anecdotes are memorable. Here is Frank Lloyd Wright (regarded by Blake as a perfect example of "the Artist as Ham," though he greatly admired his buildings) exploding at the discovery of young Blake's savage review of his Autobiography ... Bertrand Russell trying to escape visitors by hiding up a tree in Pennsylvania, as he calmly puffs away on his pipe ... Buckminster Fuller tap-dancing on a drafting table to demonstrate the metrical affinity between bebop and a new mathematical system he is working on ... Mies van der Rohe at work, stolidly gazing at a model of an ITT building while assistants scurry around making alterations ... Marcel Breuer telling how he invented his famous chair ... Philip Johnson delightedly answering a solemn question about heat loss from a visitor to his glass house: "The heat loss is absolutely tremendous"--And beaming from ear to ear. But No Place Like Utopia also has a deeper theme: how modern architecture, born and raised between the wars and after with a strong sense of social and political idealism, in the 1960s gradually fell back into its ancient role as an elitist pursuit dedicated to flattering the rich and powerful. Only now, as Blake makes clear, can we see the beginnings of a return to its original principles. From the push-and-pull of politics, culminating in the witch-hunts of the McCarthy period, to heady days in the magazine business, first with Architectural Forum and then with the brilliant but ultimately doomed Architecture Plus, Peter Blake has always been energetically involved with his art and with his era. No Place Like Utopia is thus doubly valuable, as a wonderfully readable historical and personal document, and a pungent commentary on where modern architecture went wrong and right
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1920-2006
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Blake, Peter
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA737.B55
LC item number
A2 1993
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Blake, Peter
  • Blake, Peter
  • Blake, Peter
  • Blake, Peter
  • Blake, Peter
  • Architects
  • International style (Architecture)
  • Architects
  • Architecture and society
  • Architecten
  • Beroepspraktijk
  • Bouwkunst
  • Architectes
  • Style international (Architecture)
  • Architectes
  • Architecture et société
  • Architects
  • Architects
  • Architecture and society
  • International style (Architecture)
  • Bouwkunst
  • Architecten
  • Beroepspraktijk
  • Architektur
  • Autobiografie
  • Erlebnisbericht
  • Architektur
  • United States
  • USA
Label
No place like Utopia : modern architecture and the company we kept, Peter Blake
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xvi, 347 p.
Isbn
9780394548968
Lccn
92027847
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26404190
  • (OCoLC)ocm26404190
Label
No place like Utopia : modern architecture and the company we kept, Peter Blake
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xvi, 347 p.
Isbn
9780394548968
Lccn
92027847
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26404190
  • (OCoLC)ocm26404190

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