Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and the Road to Modern Architecture by Werner OechslinOtto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and the Road to Modern Architecture by Werner Oechslin

Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and the Road to Modern Architecture

byWerner OechslinTranslated byLynnette Widder

Hardcover | July 22, 2002

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Contemporary architectural theory emphasizes the importance of "tectonics," the term used to articulate the relationship among construction, structure, and architectural expression. Yet, little consideration has been given to the term's origins or historical significance. In this study, Oechslin examines the attempts by early Modern theoreticians of architecture to grapple with the relationship between appearance and essence. He locates the culmination of this search for "truth" in architectural expression in the work of Adolf Loos and the writings of theorists such as Bötticher, Le Corbusier, and Lux.
Title:Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and the Road to Modern ArchitectureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.67 inPublished:July 22, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The opposite of the issue of style: necessity, unity, immanent coherence, the naked, simple and true; 2. 'Tectonics' and the 'theory of raiment'; 3. Disenchantment with 'Bötticher's overly intellectual work' and the postulation of a way to overcome the 'Semperian mechanistic conception of the essence of art'; 4. 'Stilhülse und Kern': from theory to metaphor - and its deployment by Otto Wagner; 5. Adolf Loos - against the Zeitgeist; 6. '... ad usum Delphini' - the 'element event' of the Raiment Dissolved, and the ineluctable return - or recognized tenacity - of the Hull; Anthology of primary sources.

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