The Modern Language of Architecture (University of Washington Press, 1978) by Bruno Zevi analyses architecture as a form of communication.
Setting forth seven principles, or ‘antirules,’ Zevi attempts, in the first part, to codify the new language of architecture that was created by Le Corbusier, Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Wright. In place of the classical language formulated by the Beaux-Arts school, with its focus on abstract principles of order, proportion, and symmetry, he presents an alternative system of communication characterized by a free interpretation of contents and function, an emphasis on differentiation and dissonance, a dynamic multidimensional vision, an independent interplay of elements, an organic marriage between engineering and architecture, living spaces designed to be used, and an integration of every building into its surroundings.
Part 2, tracing the dialogue between architecture and historiography, demonstrates that the modern language of architecture is not the language of modern architecture, but the real system of communication of all creative architecture.
– Bruno Zevi, The Modern Language of Architecture (University of Washington Press, 1978)
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean, no markings except for stamped inscription on the first flyleaf. There is some slight toning on the edges of the pages. The binding is fine. The dust jacket has some edge wear, a small tear, and some signs of shelf wear and use.