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The modern architectural landscape

Author: Caroline Constant
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Modern Architectural Landscape Caroline Constant examines diverse approaches to landscape in the work of architects practicing in Europe and the United States between 1915 and the mid-1980s. Case studies highlight landscapes in the public realm rather than the private garden, which had been a primary focus of much Western landscape theory and practice during the early decades of the century. These landscapes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Constant
ISBN: 9780816673070 0816673071 9780816676354 0816676356
OCLC Number: 759909842
Description: xiv, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Toward a new architectural landscape --
Social idealism and urban landscape: Sunnyside Gardens vs. Romerstadt --
The Barcelona Pavilion as landscape garden: Modernity and the picturesque --
The urban landscapes of Erik Gunnar Asplund: architecture between "nature" and the city --
Toward a spiritual landscape: the Woodland Cemetery and Swedish burial reform --
A landscape "fit for a democracy": Jože Plečnik at Prague Castle --
Collaborative fruits: Garrett Eckbo's communal landscapes --
From the Virgilian Dream to Chandigarh: Le Corbusier and the modern landscape --
Hilberseimer and Caldwell: intersecting Ideologies in Lafayette Park --
The once and future park: from Central Park to OMA's Parc de la Villette.
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"In The Modern Architectural Landscape Caroline Constant examines diverse approaches to landscape in the work of architects practicing in Europe and the United States between 1915 and the mid-1980s. Case studies highlight landscapes in the public realm rather than the private garden, which had been a primary focus of much Western landscape theory and practice during the early decades of the century. These landscapes do more than accommodate the functional needs of the evolving mass society in parks, playgrounds, and places of assembly; they give formal expression to Modern Movement social and political ideologies, engaging the symbolic potential of the modern landscape--particularly in its ability to take on new, more democratic forms of social organization. Constant probes the cultural significance of specific landscapes designed by architects, understanding them as ways of interpreting the world and the place of humankind in the world. The examples she scrutinizes extend widely across the century (from the works of Erik Gunnar Asplund and Jože Plečnik to those of Le Corbusier and Rem Koolhaas) and around the globe (from suburban Los Angeles to Barcelona and Chandigarh). Approaching landscape as an essential component of modern architecture's constructive endowment of material with social value, The Modern Architectural Landscape focuses on the precise material forms and ideological underpinnings of landscapes conceived by architects, revealing them as salient to the formulation of both modern architecture and the modern landscape."--

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