Vision of the Modern is the first issue of the UIA Journal of Architectural Theory and Criticism (Vol 1 No 1) published in 1988. Jorge Glusberg, the editor, writes in his Foreword about the transformation taking place in the architectural practice and the many challenges that the profession faces as regards changes in the society, new utopias, and the search for regional identity.
The volume gives an outstanding outlook towards the architectural scene of the late 1980s and the rapidly changing mindset of contemporary architectural design. Besides Jorge Glusberg, the authors in Vision of the Modern include Heinrich Klotz, Catherine Cooke, Charles Jencks, Buckminster Fuller, Yona Friedman, Karl Wimmenauer, Frei Otto, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Archigram, Frank Gehry, OMA, Coop Himmelblau, Gustav Peichl, Future Systems, Peter Wilson, Helmut Jahn, Reichlin&Reinhart/Calatrava, and Richard Meier. Their texts and project presentations examine the post-modern conditions of architectural production. The projects include OMA’s Parc de la Villette, Frank Gehry’s Aerospace Museum, and Richard Meier’s Hague City Hall & Library, to name a few.
The texts are in English. The book has been illustrated with architectural drawings, diagrams and mostly black-and-white photos.
The copy in stock is in good condition. The covers show some shelf wear, and the edges of the pages show some yellowing, but otherwise, the issue is clean and tidy.