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The struggle for modernism : architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning at Harvard

Author: Anthony Alofsin
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For the first time in history, what were once the disparate schools of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning came together at Harvard University in the 1930s to forge a new vision of modernist thought and practice. By tracing the powerful flux of ideas at Harvard's Graduate School of Design in the 1930s and 1940s, Anthony Alofsin reveals a radically novel picture of how American modernism emerged,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Walter Gropius; Joseph Hudnut
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Alofsin
ISBN: 0393730484 9780393730487
OCLC Number: 49044776
Description: 311 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: 1. The Harvard Experience of Modernism 10 --
2. The Origins of Collaboration, 1895-1917 16 --
3. Rumblings of Change, 1917-1934 52 --
4. Modernist Visions, 1934-1936 112 --
5. The Crusade for Modernism, 1936-1944 138 --
6. The Post-War Apogee, 1945-1951 196 --
7. "Decadent Design," 1951-1953 228 --
8. Revisions and Reactions, 1953-1995 248.
Responsibility: Anthony Alofsin.
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Tells how modernism evolved in the most celebrated design school in America. Tracing developments at the Harvard Graduate School of Design before the arrival of the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, it  Read more...

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Anyone interested in the...question of what consituted modern in the first half of the 20th century, should read this book. --M. Frank, University of Massachusetts, Lowell"

 
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schema:reviewBody""For the first time in history, what were once the disparate schools of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning came together at Harvard University in the 1930s to forge a new vision of modernist thought and practice. By tracing the powerful flux of ideas at Harvard's Graduate School of Design in the 1930s and 1940s, Anthony Alofsin reveals a radically novel picture of how American modernism emerged, struggled, evolved, and was ultimately eclipsed." "The book follows the development of the GSD leading up to the pioneering deanship of Joseph Hudnut and his groundbreaking efforts with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, who came to teach at Harvard between 1937 and 1952. But even before Gropius entered the scene, a modernist agenda for collaborative design had already taken shape among the school's preeminent intellectuals, one that would redefine the boundaries of design and establish the fields of landscape architecture and urban planning as we know them today. Alofsin skillfully captures the passions and personalities that helped to ignite the movement, making this the first true-to-life account of the dawn of modernism in America." "Filled with archival photographs, drawings, and renderings that have never before been published, this book is an excellent research tool as well as a fascinating historical investigation for students and professionals in the fields of art, architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning, as well as for architectural historians."--BOOK JACKET."
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