Kenneth Frampton’s Modern Architecture – A Critical History is one of the best general accounts of the evolution of architecture from the late 18th century to 20th-century modernism. The copy in stock is the first edition of the excellent book which means that it doesn’t include the influential chapters about world architecture (including late modernism in Finland) as in its later editions. The book was originally published in 1980.
While all the arts are in some degree limited by the means of their production and re-production, this is doubly so in the case of architecture, which is conditioned not only by its own technical methods but also by productive forces lying outside itself (…) The success and failure of modern architecture to date, and its possible role in the future, must finally be assessed against this rather complex background.
— Kenneth Frampton, Introduction. In: Modern Architecture: A Critical History, p. 9.
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