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THREE CULTURAL ECOLOGIES. David Leatherbarrow and Richard Wesley. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2017. Copyright 2018. 232 pp. with 82 ills. (58 col.). 25 x 18 cm. LC 2017-14267 ISBN 9781472435538 In English.
Publisher's description: Three Cultural Ecologies reverses common conceptions of modern architecture. It reveals how selected works of two modern architects, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, embraced environmental and cultural conditions as reciprocal and complementary. A basic premise of this book's arguments is that cultural patterns cannot be adequately conceptualized in the terms that typically define ecology today. Instead, studies based on the natural sciences must be complemented by descriptions and interpretations of historical narratives, cultural norms, and individual expressions. Previously unpublished images and new interpretations will allow readers to rediscover works they thought they knew; Villa Savoye, Taliesin, La Tourette, and Ocatilla; as well as projects that are less well known: by Wright, the House on the Mesa and the City Residential Plan, and by Le Corbusier, the Immeuble-Villas and Ilot Insalubre projects. More broadly, this study of cultural ecology at three scales -- domestic, monastic, and urban -- reconsiders the history of modern architecture.
Artist(s):Le Corbusier; Wright, Frank Lloyd
Indexing: Western, Europe — France, Switzerland, United States — Several Periods, 1900-1945 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 172492
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