Architecture and Modernity: A Critique by Hilde HeynenArchitecture and Modernity: A Critique by Hilde Heynen

Architecture and Modernity: A Critique

byHilde Heynen

Paperback | February 28, 2000

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Bridges the gap between the history and theory of twentieth-century architecture and cultural theories of modernity.

In this exploration of the relationship between modernity, dwelling, and architecture, Hilde Heynen attempts to bridge the gap between the discourse of the modern movement and cultural theories of modernity. On one hand, she discusses architecture from the perspective of critical theory, and on the other, she modifies positions within critical theory by linking them with architecture. She assesses architecture as a cultural field that structures daily life and that embodies major contradictions inherent in modernity, arguing that architecture nonetheless has a certain capacity to adopt a critical stance vis-à-vis modernity.

Besides presenting a theoretical discussion of the relation between architecture, modernity, and dwelling, the book provides architectural students with an introduction to the discourse of critical theory. The subchapters on Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, and the Venice School (Tafuri, Dal Co, Cacciari) can be studied independently for this purpose.

Title:Architecture and Modernity: A CritiqueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.62 inPublished:February 28, 2000Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262581892

ISBN - 13:9780262581899

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From Our Editors

Exploring the relationship between theories about ideal dwellings and the reality of housing, this paperback edition of Architecture and Modernity: A Critique presents some interesting views. Professor Hilde Heynen is of two minds on this subject. On the one hand she discusses architecture from the perspective of critical theory, but then she contradicts it with modified positions about how architecture should function as structures in daily life. This educational book, full of critical theories from various schools of thought about architecture, also contains contributions from the famous theorists Walter Benjamin, Earnest Block and Theodore Adorno.

Editorial Reviews

Architecture and Modernity traces some of the most important momentsof the discourse on the 'crisis' of architecture brought about by thechanges of modernity.