Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition by Sigfried Giedion (Harvard University Press, 1954; orig. 1940) became quickly a classic in the attempts to theorize the Modern Movement as a logical and groundbreaking evolutionary step with long roots in the history of architecture. Our copy is the 3rd enlarged edition. This is also the very book that contributed to the international fame of young Alvar Aalto as “the strongest exponent of the combination of standarization with irrationality, so that standardization is no longer master but servant” – in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright. (p.565)
Finland is with Aalto wherever he goes.
– Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition, p.567
According to the blurb, the “considerably enlarged third edition includes a new chapter on Mies van der Rohe, a new section on Gropius in America, and chapters on perspective and urbanism dealing with city planning in the Renaissance, and Pope Sixtus V and the Planning of Baroque Rome. Nearly 70 new pictures have been included, and the entire book has been reset.”
The text is in English and it has been illustrated with black-and-white photos.
History is not a compilation of facts, but an insight into a moving process of life.
– Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition, Foreword to the first edition, p. vi
The copy in our stock is still in okay condition, yet of course a bit worn out. The pages show toning but they are clean and there are no tears; there is a signature on the first flyleaf. The binding is fine. The dust jacket is edge worn and its printing is faded especially on the spine.