Age of the Masters: A Personal View of Modern Architecture (Icon editions)

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Much of our discontent with recent architecture stems from the fact that before the work of the Masters was properly understood it was widely and often insensitively copies; a case of the revolution devouring its fathers. it is time, therefore, to re-examine what the Masters were really trying to do. While they lived, this international network of friends, rivals, long distance correspondents and even a few sworn enemies comprised some of the most powerful creative talents the western world has yet produced, and at least two men of towering genius - Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. Their aspirations for the future of men, cities and society may have been thwarted - and their perceptions sometimes belied by events - but the prototypes they invented, for everything from chairs to national capitals, are enduringly reflected in the places we live and work today. Professor Banham's witty and perceptive book has the immediacy of direct reportage, for he came to know many of the Masters in their latter years. He writes of the ideas and concepts that made them revolutionary, but above all he writes of the great monuments they have left behind, from Charles ...

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