Architecture as Revolution: Episodes in the History of Modern Mexico

Hardcover | June 15, 2010

byLuis E. CarranzaForeword byJorge Francisco Liernur

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The period following the Mexican Revolution was characterized by unprecedented artistic experimentation. Seeking to express the revolution's heterogeneous social and political aims, which were in a continuous state of redefinition, architects, artists, writers, and intellectuals created distinctive, sometimes idiosyncratic theories and works.

Luis E. Carranza examines the interdependence of modern architecture in Mexico and the pressing sociopolitical and ideological issues of this period, as well as the interchanges between post-revolutionary architects and the literary, philosophical, and artistic avant-gardes. Organizing his book around chronological case studies that show how architectural theory and production reflected various understandings of the revolution's significance, Carranza focuses on architecture and its relationship to the philosophical and pedagogic requirements of the muralist movement, the development of the avant-garde in Mexico and its notions of the Mexican city, the use of pre-Hispanic architectural forms to address indigenous peoples, the development of a socially oriented architectural functionalism, and the monumentalization of the revolution itself. In addition, the book also covers important architects and artists who have been marginally discussed within architectural and art historiography.

Richly illustrated, Architecture as Revolution is one of the first books in English to present a social and cultural history of early twentieth-century Mexican architecture.

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The period following the Mexican Revolution was characterized by unprecedented artistic experimentation. Seeking to express the revolution's heterogeneous social and political aims, which were in a continuous state of redefinition, architects, artists, writers, and intellectuals created distinctive, sometimes idiosyncratic theories and...

LUIS E. CARRANZA is Associate Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:255 pages, 11.26 × 8.8 × 0.85 inPublished:June 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292721951

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Foreword by Jorge Francisco LiernurAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Mexico, Modernity, and Architecture after the Revolution1. If Walls Could Talk: José Vasconcelos' Raza Cósmica and the Building for the Secretaría de Educación Pública2. La Ciudad Falsificada: The Avant-Garde and the Literary City3. Colonizing the Colonizer: The Mexican Pavilion at the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition4. Against a New Architecture: Juan O'Gorman and the Disillusionment of Modernism5. Monumentalizing the RevolutionNotesBibliographyIllustration creditsIndex