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Reyner Banham : historian of the immediate future

Author: Nigel Whiteley
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was one of the most influential writers on architecture, design, and popular culture from the mid-1950s to the late 1980s. His first book, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (still in print with the MIT Press after forty years), was central to the overhaul of Modernism, and it gave Futurism and Expressionism credibility amid the dynamism and change of the 1960s." "This biography is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Reyner Banham; Reyner Banham; Reyner Banham; Reyner Banham; Reyner Banham
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Whiteley
ISBN: 0262232162 9780262232166 9780262731652 0262731657
OCLC Number: 46462908
Awards: Winner of Winner in the 2002 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal competition for excellence in design in the category of Scholarly Illustrated. 2002
Description: xix, 494 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Mechanical Sensibility: The First Machine Age Revised --
2. Popular Desires and Rough Poetry: The Independent Group, New Brutalism, and Architecture Autre --
3. Science for Kicks: An Architecture of Technology for the Second Machine Age --
4. The Expanded Field: Fit Environments for Human Activities --
5. Late or Post?: Banham's Modernist Values --
6. Expendable Icons and Softer Hardware: Banham's Design Criticism --
Conclusion: Changing His Mind or Having It Both Ways?
Responsibility: Nigel Whiteley.

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This intellectual biography is a critical examination of Banham's theories and ideas, not only on architecture but also on the wide variety of subjects that interested him. It covers the full range  Read more...

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"Nigel Whiteley's timely assessment is engaging and important."-- Iain Finlayson, ""London Times""

 
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