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Jencks, Charles

Works: 331 works in 1,556 publications in 11 languages and 29,362 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, zxx, Other, Honoree, wpr, Contributor, Author of introduction, Secretary, Redactor, Dedicatee, Collector, Photographer, Illustrator, Artist, 070
Classifications: NA680, 724.9
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The language of post-modern architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

140 editions published between 1972 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 2,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Combining a theoretical treatment of the architectural language with a record of the Post-Modern movement at six different stages in its history, this book defines Post-Modernism in architecture. The buildings of Robert Venturi and Michael Graves, among others, are featured."--Amazon
Adhocism; the case for improvisation by Charles Jencks( )

34 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 1,925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When this book first appeared in 1972, it was part of the spirit that would define a new architecture and design era--a new way of thinking ready to move beyond the purist doctrines and formal models of modernism. Charles Jencks and Nathan Silver's book was a manifesto for a generation that took pleasure in doing things ad hoc, using materials at hand to solve real-world problems. The implications were subversive. Turned-off citizens of the 1970s immediately adopted the book as a DIY guide. The word "adhocism" entered the vocabulary, the concept of adhocism became part of the designer's toolkit, and Adhocism became a cult classic. Now Adhocism is available again, with new texts by Jencks and Silver reflecting on the past forty years of adhocism and new illustrations demonstrating adhocism's continuing relevance. Adhocism has always been around. (Think Robinson Crusoe, making a raft and then a shelter from the wreck of his ship.) As a design principle adhocism starts with everyday improvisations: a bottle as a candleholder, a dictionary as a doorstop, a tractor seat on wheels as a dining room chair. But it is also an undeveloped force within the way we approach almost every activity, from play to architecture to city planning to political revolution. Engagingly written, filled with pictures and examples from areas as diverse as auto mechanics and biology, Adhocism urges us to pay less attention to the rulebook and more to the real principle of how we actually do things. It declares that problems are not necessarily solved in a genius's "eureka!" moment but by trial and error, adjustment and readjustment."--Publisher description
The Chinese garden : history, art & architecture by Maggie Keswick( Book )

36 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When The Chinese Garden was published in 1978, it was the first attempt in any language to explore the meanings that lie behind Chinese gardens. Now thoroughly revised and with new illustrations, it remains a classic of the subject. In a scholarly and accessible way, it traces the Chinese garden back through the earliest records, and explains its influence on, and how it was influenced by, philosophy, painting, architecture and literature. An exploration of Chinese culture, and how this culture manifested itself in the art of garden-making and design, The Chinese Garden provides unique insights into a great civilization and an intimate glimpse of the lives of the artists, scholars, poets and emperors who made it."--Jacket
What is Post-modernism? by Charles Jencks( Book )

64 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'What is Post-Modernism?' Is it a new world view, or an outgrowth of the Post-Industrial Society? Is it a shift in philosophy, the arts and architecture? In this fourth, entirely revised edition, Charles Jencks, one of the founders of the Post-Modern Movement, shows it is all these things plus many other forces that have exploded since the early 1960s. In a unique analysis, using diagrams designed especially for this edition, he reveals the evolutionary, social and economic forces of this new stage of global civilisation." "But why has post-modern culture arrived? In an ironic parable, 'the Protestant Crusade', Jencks uncovers some hitherto hidden origins: the Modernists' abhorrence for all things sensuous and natural, and their zeal for all things orderly and mechanistic. This pseudo-religion led in the 1920s to the famous 'vacuum-cleaning' period, the purgation of values, metaphysics and emotion. In the 1970s it led on to the 'Protestant Inquisition' which inadvertently created the very enemy Modernists feared - Post-Modernism: a Counter-Reformation, the reassertion of worldliness, fecundity, humour and pluralism. However, more than one tradition emerged and Jencks, distinguishing two types of Post-Modernism (deconstructive and reconstructive) demonstrates that the former is often a disguised form of Late-Modernism. This takes the de-creation and nihilism of its parent to extremes." "The main engine that drives global culture today - post-modernisation, the electronic economy and instant communications network - is analysed in its close relation to other 'posts': Post-Fordism, Post-Socialism and the post-national world of trading blocs and unstable nations. Jencks argues that this may result in catastrophe and global governance, or a web of transnational institutions and obligations." "The most radical idea of this challenging book is the conclusion: the notion that the post-modern world does not mean the end of metanarratives, but something quite different. Belief systems are flourishing as never before and, Jencks argues, 'a new metanarrative, based on the story of the universe and its generative qualities, will soon create a new world view that will affect all areas. It is a story which grows directly out of the post-modern sciences of complexity and is thus both true and mythic.'"--Jacket
Post-modernism : the new classicism in art and architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the return to a new classical style within art and architecture. Includes 350 illustrations of paintings, sculpture, and architecture
Modern movements in architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

59 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geïllustreerde studie over de bouwkunst sinds 1920, voornamelijk in West-Europa en Amerika
Architecture today by Charles Jencks( Book )

47 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This international survey documents the state of architecture at the beginning of the nineties, and provides an insight into the recent past and possible future shape of our homes and cities. Charles Jencks, the critic responsible for identifying the diverse trends which have emerged in the wake of modernism, discusses late-modern, post-modern and new modern architecture. This includes the pioneering work in America, Europe and Japan of leading achitects Norman Foster, Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozsaki, Philip Johnson, Rob Krier, Richard Rogers, James Stirling and Robert Venturi, as well as many more examples by promising architects of a younger generation. A comprehensive reference section containing biographies of more than 100 architects, a selected bibliography of further reading and a full index completes this study. This first paperback edition has been brought up to date by the inclusion of a new introduction, new colour photographs and revised biographies."--Amazon
Le Corbusier and the tragic view of architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

44 editions published between 1973 and 1987 in 5 languages and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Zwitserse architect Le Corbusier (pseud. van Charles Edourd Jeanneret ; 1887-1985)
The new paradigm in architecture : the language of post-modern architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new paradigm in architecture tells the story of a movement that has changed the face of architecture over the last forty years. The book begins by surveying the counter culture of the 1960s, when Jane Jacobs and Robert Venturi called for a more complex urbanism and architecture. It concludes by showing how such demands began to be realized by the 1990s in a new architecture that is aided by computer design. Promoted by such architects as Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, and Peter Eisenman, it has also been adopted by many schools and offices around the world. Charles Jencks traces the history of computer design which is built on the desire for an architecture that communicates with its users, one based on the heterogeneity of cities and global culture. This book, the first to explore the broad issue of Postmodernism, has fostered its growth in other fields such as philosophy and the arts. First written at the start of an architectural movement in the mid-1970s, it has been completely rewritten and with two new chapters, brings the history up to date
The iconic building by Charles Jencks( Book )

28 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Jencks, the leading architectural critic and writer, takes on "trendiness" in architecture: namely the rise of the "iconic building," instantly famous and distinctively recognizable structures like Norman Foster's "Gherkin" in London or Daniel Libeskind's Ground Zero designs in New York. Jencks also discusses recent works by Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Renzo Piano
Meaning in architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

37 editions published between 1969 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theories and manifestoes of contemporary architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Jencks was the first to demonstrate that Modern architecture in the 1960s and 1970s had undergone a profound mutation into three major approaches - Post-Modernism, Late Modernism and New Modernism. He has shown how our pluralist age has oscillated between these and traditional approaches . In this title, the thinking and ideas that have informed, and continue to inform the architecture and urban design around us today, was presented as a compilation of writings by the most important architects, urbanists and theorists of the second half of the 20th century. The new edition brings thinking up to date with additional material that suggests the direction theory is taking into the 21st century." -- Web site
The Post-modern reader by Charles Jencks( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Post-Modernism has been debated, attacked and defended for over three decades. It is, however, not just a fashion or style but part of a greater movement in all areas of culture, and one which stubbornly persists like its parent, Modernism. The Post-Modern Reader is a seminal anthology that presents this trend in all its diversity, as a convergence in architecture and literature, sociology and cultural theory, feminism and theology, science and economics. For this new edition, editor Charles Jencks has provided an entirely new definitive introductory essay 'What Then Is Post-Modernism?' that reflects on the movement's coming of age. The book also encompasses essential classic texts on the subject by John Barth, Umberto Eco, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Jean-François Lyotard and Robert Venturi, while incorporating new articles by Felipe Fernández-Armesto, John Gray, Ihab Hassan and Anatole Kaletsky. Each text is introduced and contextualised for the reader with a new short introductory passage."--Page 4 of cover
Late-modern architecture and other essays by Charles Jencks( Book )

19 editions published between 1980 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architecture 2000; predictions and methods by Charles Jencks( Book )

31 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new moderns : from late to neo-modernism by Charles Jencks( Book )

24 editions published in 1990 in 4 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogues with neo-modernists Peter Eisenman, Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, Fumihiko Maki; pictoral survays of Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, I.M. Pei
The architecture of the jumping universe : a polemic : how complexity science is changing architecture and culture by Charles Jencks( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaos og kompleksitetsteori i arkitekturen med eksempler af bl.a. Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Charles Correa, Itsuko Hasegawa og Charles Jencks
Kings of infinite space : Frank Lloyd Wright & Michael Graves by Charles Jencks( Book )

34 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tekst, met aanvullende informatie, van een tv-serie over de twee Amerikaanse architecten
Bizarre architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Corbusier and the continual revolution in architecture by Charles Jencks( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking into account recent scholarship and new theories of architectural change, noted architectural historian Charles Jencks traces the personal and professional development of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who would be known to the world as Le Corbusier, beginning with his family background and early training in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, where he cultivated a regionalist style that would be the first of many aesthetic identities to be exploited and then shed throughout his long career. Soon after leaving La Chaux-de-Fonds for Paris, Jeanneret, in association with the Purist painter Amedee Ozenfant, gained fame in the 1920s under the nom de plume Le Corbusier, publishing the journal L'Esprit Nouveau and four seminal Modernist tracts: Towards a New Architecture, The City of Tomorrow, The Decorative Art of Today, and La Peinture Moderne (Modern Painting). Jencks demonstrates the influence of these classic texts by way of the architect's major projects of the period: Villa La Roche, Workers' Housing at Pessac, the Plan Voisin for Paris, Villa Stein, Villa Savoye, and the steel furniture, including the famed grand confort and chaise longue." "Le Corbusier and the Continual Revolution in Architecture presents over two hundred illustrations including architectural drawings, plans, and photographs, as well as paintings, sketches, and publication facsimiles. With this illuminating collection of images and his revealing and provocative text, Charles Jencks has produced a compelling and comprehensive analysis of the twentieth-century master who continually stayed well ahead of his followers to reinvent the art of architecture over and over again."--Jacket
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The new paradigm in architecture : the language of post-modern architecture
What is Post-modernism?Modern movements in architectureArchitecture todayThe new paradigm in architecture : the language of post-modern architectureThe iconic buildingTheories and manifestoes of contemporary architectureThe Post-modern readerThe architecture of the jumping universe : a polemic : how complexity science is changing architecture and cultureLe Corbusier and the continual revolution in architecture
Alternative Names
Čarls Dženks

Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks Amerikaans architect

Charles Jencks amerikansk historikar og arkitekt

Charles Jencks amerikansk historiker och arkitekt

Charles Jencks amerikansk historiker og arkitekt

Charles Jencks architecte américain

Charles Jencks architetto statunitense

Charles Jencks US-amerikanischer Architekt

Dženks, Čarls

Dženks, Čarls, 1939-

Jencks C.

Jencks, Charles.

Jencks, Charles 1939-

Jencks, Charles A.

Jencks, Charles A.‏ 1939-

Jencks, Charles Alexander

Jencks, Charles Alexander 1939-

Дженкс, Чарльз

Дженкс, Чарльз A.

Чарлс Џенкс

تشارلز جنكس

تشارلز جينكس، 1939-

چارلز جنکس معمار آمریکایی

젠크스, 찰스 1939-

젱스, 찰스 1939-

젱크스, 찰스 1939-

ジェンクス, チャールズ




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