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FUNCTION AND FANTASY: IRON ARCHITECTURE IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY. Paul Dobraszczyk and Peter Sealy. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. An Ashgate Book. 292 pp. ISBN 9781472430007 In English.
Due date: Forthcoming. Publisher's description: The introduction of iron - and later steel - construction and decoration transformed architecture in the nineteenth-century. While the structural employment of iron has been a frequent subject of study, this book re-directs scholarly scrutiny on its place in the aesthetics of architecture in the long nineteenth century. Together, its eleven unique and original chapters chart - for the first time - the global reach of iron's architectural reception, from the first debates on how iron could be incorporated into architecture's traditional aesthetics to the modernist cleaving of its structural and ornamental roles. The book is divided into three sections. Firstly, 'Formations' considers the rising tension between the desire to translate traditional architectural motifs into iron and the nascent feeling that iron buildings were themselves creating an entirely new field of aesthetic expression. Secondly, 'Exchanges' charts the commercial and cultural exchanges that took place between British iron foundries and clients in far-flung locations such as Argentina, Jamaica, Nigeria and Australia. Expressing colonial control as well as local agency, these iron buildings struck a balance between pre-fabricated functionalism and a desire to convey beauty, value and often exoticism through ornament.
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Worldwide Number: 172222
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