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Building character : the racial politics of modern architectural style

Author: Charles L Davis, II
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Culture, politics, and the built environment.
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In the nineteenth-century paradigm of architectural organicism, the notion that buildings possessed character provided architects with a lens for relating the buildings they designed to the populations they served. Advances in scientific race theory enabled designers to think of "race" and "style" as manifestations of natural law: just as biological processes seemed to inherently regulate the racial characters that  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles L Davis, II
ISBN: 9780822945550 082294555X
OCLC Number: 1050363452
Description: xi, 275 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 27 cm
Contents: Introduction : the racialization of architectural character in the long nineteenth century --
part I. The Aryan character of Alpine architecture --
Campfires in the salon : Viollet-le-Duc and the modernization of the Aryan hut --
Beyond the primitive hut : Gottfried Semper and the material embodiment of Germanic character --
part II . The whiteness of American architecture --
The search for an American architecture : Louis Sullivan and the physiognomic translation of American character --
When public housing was white : William Lescaze and the Americanization of the International Style --
Conclusion : race, nature, and nation in postwar American architecture.
Series Title: Culture, politics, and the built environment.
Responsibility: Charles L. Davis II.


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In this much-needed book, Charles Davis situates discourses of race and nationalism within the context of architectural history and historiography, bringing visibility to race and its impacts on Read more...

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