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HUT, PAVILION, SHRINE: ARCHITECTURAL ARCHETYPES IN MID-CENTURY MODERNISM. Miles David Samson. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 342 pp. with 177 ills. 26 x 18 cm. LC 2015-8385 ISBN 9781409465836 In English.
Publisher's description: The phase of American architectural history we call 'mid-century modernism,' 1940-1980, saw the spread of Modern Movement tenets of functionalism, social service and anonymity into mainstream practice. It also saw the spread of their seeming opposites. Temples, arcades, domes, and other traditional types occur in both modernist and traditionalist forms from the 1950s to the 1970s. Hut Pavilion Shrine examines this crossroads of modernism and the archetypal, and critiques its buildings and theory. The book centers on one particularly important and omnipresent type, the pavilion--a type which was the basis of major work by Louis I. Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Philip Johnson, Minoru Yamasaki, and other eminent architects. While focusing primarily on the architecture culture of the United States, it also includes the work of British, European Team X, and Scandinavian designers and writers. Making connections between formal analysis, historical context, and theory, the book continues lines of inquiry which have been pursued by Neil Levine and Anthony Vidler on representation, and by Sarah Goldhagen and Alice Friedman on modernism's 'forbidden' elements of the honorific and the visually pleasurable.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170997
Hardcover $119.95    

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