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Power and style : a critique of twentieth-century architecture in the United States

Author: Robert C Twombly
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Power and Style is a trenchant analysis of twentieth-century architecture and its relationship to civic, corporate, and individual power. Throughout, he offers critiques of the buildings themselves - these reflections, as he sees it, of America's changing socioeconomic structure. This is an invaluable book on modern U.S. architecture, which demonstrates, in the finest tradition of cultural history, whom architecture  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Twombly
ISBN: 0809078236 9780809078233
OCLC Number: 188743283
Description: xiii, 130 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Architects and Social Place --
Style and Social Agenda, 1890-1910 --
The Skyscraper as Icon, 1890-1920 --
Altering Habitat: New Agendas for Residential Design, 1900-1940 --
The Social Transformation of Modernism, 1922-1940 --
Hegemonic Modernism, 1940-1970s --
Modernism's Failure: Public Housing, 1949-1970s --
Noncommittal Eclecticism, 1970-1990s --
At Century's End.
Responsibility: Robert Twombly.

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Power and Style is a trenchant analysis of twentieth-century architecture and its relationship to civic, corporate, and individual power. Throughout, he offers critiques of the buildings themselves - these reflections, as he sees it, of America's changing socioeconomic structure. This is an invaluable book on modern U.S. architecture, which demonstrates, in the finest tradition of cultural history, whom architecture serves, how, and for what reasons.

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