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Other Tradition of Modern Architecture: The Uncompleted Project

Wydawnictwo: Black Dog Publishing
Autor: St John Wilson
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Oprawa: miękka,  Format: cm, Stron: 192, 2007 r., książka w języku angielskim

The Other Tradition of Modern Architecture: The Uncompleted Project is a re-edition of an essential work by Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library and one of the most eminent voices in architectural theory and practice of the last 50 years. Re-edited and re-designed to Wilson's specifications, and with a new introduction by architect and writer Ellis Woodman, this indispensable title is here made available to a new readership. In The Other Tradition St John Wilson sets out to examine the underlying themes of modern architecture, assessing their impact, influence, and continuing development. Rather than positioning Modernism as a completed historical moment that occurred in the past (and that was formulated in terms of abstract theory and in no way responding to the historic role of architecture as a practical art and the unpredictable necessities of life), Wilson argues for a continuing tradition, an "uncompleted project", sustained against CIAM's rigid orthodoxy by a "resistance movement" exemplified by architects such as Alvar Aalto, Hans Scharoun, Hugo Häring and Frank Lloyd Wright. Figures like Aalto and Scharoun couldn't compete with Le Corbusier's powers on the soapbox and showed little inclination to do so. In a sense, The Other Tradition, is the manifesto that these laconic masters never wrote.


Drawing upon philosophy, history, art and architectural theory, the story of Modernist architecture is here explored both theoretically and through comparative case sties. Professor Wilson's original, insightful and passionate text is accompanied by photographs, plan drawings, sketches and models that further elucidate his argument. As important now as it was when first published The Other Tradition of Modern Architecture: The Uncompleted Project is a handsome re-edition of a seminal work.

Future Release: In July 2007 Black Dog is publishing Colin St John Wilson: Buildings and Projects, the definitive monograph on Professor Colin St John Wilson. This erite, comprehensive publication spans projects from throughout his career.

Review

This re-edition of an essential work by Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library and one of the most eminent voices in architectural theory and practice of the last 50 years, is here made available to a new readership. As important now as it was when first published, Professor Wilson sets out to examine the underlying themes of Modern Architecture, assessing their impact, influence, and continuing development. Rather than positioning Modernism as an historical moment, now left in the past, he argues for a continuing tradition, an 'uncompleted project,' sustained against the rigidifying orthodoxy of C.I.A.M. by a "resistance movement" carried by the largely independent work of Alvar Aalto, Hans Scharoun, Frank Lloyd Wright and Sigurd Lewerentz. Drawing upon philosophy, history, art and architectural theory, the work of the Modern masters is explored both in theory and by means of comparative analyses of specific buildings in a text that takes in an extraordinary range of reference with erition, insight and originality.
 

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The Other Tradition of Modern Architecture: The Uncompleted Project is a re-edition of an essential work by Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library and one of the most eminent voices in architectural theory and practice of the last 50 years. Re-edited and re-designed to Wilson's specifications, and with a new introduction by architect and writer Ellis Woodman, this indispensable title is here made available to a new readership.