Estonian Architecture: The Building of a Nation is an overview of Estonian architecture from the turn of the 20th century to the early 1990s. Estonia re-gained its independence in 1991, and the book was published in 1992. The author is Liivi Künnapu, an Estonian architecture historian and curator, and the introduction is by Vilen Künnapu, internationally renowned Estonian architect-artist.
The book introduces to the historical roots of Estonian culture and explores the creative elements in Estonian architecture. The starting points are historicism and Jugendstil; the end point is the plurality of styles in the 1980s and the inspiring prospects of the newly found place on the architectural map of the 1990s.
Estonian Architecture – The Building of a Nation is a portrait of a vigorous, coherent culture that has survived in the face of extreme outside pressure. International trends have been fluently integrated into local traditions, producing a highly original architecture that merits due recognition. As the author Liivi Künnapu observes: “A nation of one million can possess – indeed does possess – a significant modern architecture.”
The copy in stock is in good condition. The edges of the pages show some yellowing and the covers some minor shelf wear, but besides these age-related features, the book is tidy and clean.