Examines the relationship between the modernist architecture of the 1920s and 1930s and that era's preoccupations with health, cleanliness, fresh air and sunshine. This book explores how the hygienist movement inspired the pure geometric forms of early modernist buildings. It is intended for those with an interest in architecture and/or modernism. Num Pages: 256 pages, 66 illustrations. BIC Classification: 3JJG; AMC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 260 x 210 x 33. Weight in Grams: 1336. . 2008. First Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: The origins of the spectacular geometric forms and sparkling surfaces of modern architecture from 1918 to 1939.
In the first half of the twentieth century, a new kind of architecture appeared across Europe and North America, characterized by plain, often pure white walls; wide windows; flat roofs; and prominent balconies, terraces, and roof gardens. From houses to hospitals, the new architecture featured large expanses of glass and was constructed from steel and reinforced concrete—or designed to look that way—and inspired by a desire to be functional, hygienic, universal, democratic, and economical.
Paul Overy explores the contemporary preoccupations with fresh air and sunshine, space, health, and hygiene, and how these concerns became fundamental to the development of new architectural and design practices. Individual buildings—including both little-known and more familiar examples in Europe and the United States by architects such as Adolf Loos, Walter Gropius, and Le Corbusier—are examined within the context of class and social control, luxury and austerity, race and colonialism. Many of them are considered classics, legally protected from demolition or alteration and, in recent years, restored and reconstructed.
Illustrated with many unusual photographs that capture the buildings in their early pristine state, Light, Air and Openness is an innovative reinterpretation of the modern movement in architecture and design. 66 illustrations.
About the Author: Paul Overy is Senior Research Fellow in the history and theory of modernism at Middlesex University, London. His many books include De Stijl in the World of Art series.
Title: Light, Air and Openness
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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Book Description Thames & Hudson, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Minor Creases To Jacket Otherwise Clean And Tidy. Bookseller Inventory # 091785
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Book Description Die Moderne Architektur der Zwischenkriegszeit entstand in engem Zusammenspiel mit den neuartigen Maximen Gesundheit, Sauberkeit, frischer Luft und lichtdurchflutetem Bauen, wie der vorliegende Band aufzeigt. Die utopischen Vorstellungen von einer »Sauberen Maschine« und die Hygiene-Bewegung inspirierten die reinen geometrischen Formen und funkelnden Oberflächen der Architektur jener Zeit, wie anhand prägnanter Beispiele deutlich wird. (Text engl.) 20 x 25,5 cm, 256 S., 66 Abb., fadengeheftet, geb. Bookseller Inventory # 639621
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