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ARCHITECTURE IN PLAY: INTIMATIONS OF MODERNISM IN ARCHITECTURAL TOYS. Tamar Zinguer. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, 2015. 264 pp. with 151 ills. (79 col.). 24 x 21 cm. LC 2015-1628 ISBN 9780813937724 In English.
Publisher's description: Created for children but designed by adults with considerable ingenuity, architectural toys have long offered a window on a much larger world. In Architecture in Play, Tamar Zinguer explores the nearly two-hundred-year period over which such playthings have reflected changing attitudes toward form, structure, and permanence, echoing modernist experiments and stylistic inclinations in fascinating ways while also incorporating technological advances in their systems of construction. Zinguer's history of these toys reveals broader social and economic trends from their respective periods. Used in the intimacy of the domestic environment, a setting that encouraged the eradication of formal habits and a reconceiving of visual orders, architectural toys ultimately intimated notions of the modern. Amply illustrated and engagingly written, this book sheds valuable light on this fascinating relation between household toys and the deeper trends and ideas from which they sprang.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture — Commercial/Industrial Design
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168715
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