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What is Modern Architecture?

What is Modern Architecture? (2nd ed, 1946) is the 1st publication in the Introductory Series to the Modern Arts by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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What is Modern Architecture? is the first volume in the Introductory Series to the Modern Arts launched by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the 1930s. According to the blurb, the contents are based on an earlier, circulating exhibition prepared by the Museum’s former curators of architecture, John McAndrew and Elizabeth Mock.

The 36-page booklet explains the basic elements of architectural modernism and the background of the famous “Form follows function” doctrine. The theoretical basis has been derived from Vitruvius, and modernism is explained in terms of utility, strength and beauty. What is Modern Architecture? makes its point with recent architectural examples by Frank Lloyd Wright, Carl S. Kohc Jr. John Funk, Richard J. Neutra, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Le Corbusier and Jeanneret, Walter Gropius, Brinkman and van der Vlugt, Raymond M. Hood, Howe and Lescaze, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Cairns and Demars, Roland Wank and Theodore Parker, and Lubetkin and Tecton. The beautiful black-and-white photographs are by Walter Boychuk, R. T. Dooner, Hedrich-Blessing Studio, F. S. Lincoln, Roy E. Petersen, Ezra Stoller, Roger Sturtevant and Philip N. Wallace.

The modern architect is not homesick for the past and its buildings, but welcomes the stimulating challenge of the present we all live in, and welcomes also our efficient new ways of building.
— Introduction in What is Modern Architecture?, p. 5.

The copy in stock is an ex-library copy in quite a good condition. There are some usual library markings, stamps and stickers. The cover and the pages are clean and tidy, however.

Weight 128 g
Dimensions 25,5 × 19,2 × 0,5 cm

Margaret Miller | John McAndrew | Elizabeth Mock


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