Ornament is Crime

Modernist Architecture


Author: Albert Hill,Matt Gibberd

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN: 9780714874166

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

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An unprecedented homage to modernist architecture from the 1920s up to the present day Ornament Is Crime is a celebration and a thought-provoking reappraisal of modernist architecture. The book proposes that modernism need no longer be confined by traditional definitions, and can be seen in both the iconic works of the modernist canon by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, as well as in the work of some of the best contemporary architects of the twenty-first century. This book is a visual manifesto and a celebration of the most important architectural movement in modern history.

Ornament and Crime


Author: Adolf Loos

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141392983

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

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Revolutionary essays on design, aesthetics and materialism - from one of the great masters of modern architecture Adolf Loos, the great Viennese pioneer of modern architecture, was a hater of the fake, the fussy and the lavishly decorated, and a lover of stripped down, clean simplicity. He was also a writer of effervescent, caustic wit, as shown in this selection of essays on all aspects of design and aesthetics, from cities to glassware, furniture to footwear, architectural training to why 'the lack of ornament is a sign of intellectual power'. Translated by Shaun Whiteside With an epilogue by Joseph Masheck

Adolf Loos

The Art of Architecture


Author: Joseph Masheck

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857733214

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

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Widely regarded as one of the most significant prophets of modern architecture, Adolf Loos was a star in his own time. His work was emblematic of the turn-of-the-century generation that was torn between the traditional culture of the nineteenth century and the innovative modernism of the twentieth. His essay ‘Ornament and Crime’ equated superfluous ornament and ‘decorative arts’ with underclass tattooing in an attempt to tell modern Europeans that they should know better. But the negation of ornament was supposed to reveal, not negate, good style; and an incorrigible ironist has been taken too literally in denying architecture as a fine art. Without normalizing his edgy radicality, Masheck argues that Loos’s masterful “astylistic architecture” was an appreciation of tradition and utility and not, as most architectural historians have argued, a mere repudiation of the florid style of the Vienna Secession. Masheck has reads Loos as a witty, ironic rhetorician who has all too often been taken at face value. Far from being the anti-architect of the modern era, Masheck’s Loos is ‘an unruly yet integrally canonical artist-architect’. He believed in culture, comfort, intimacy and privacy and advocated the evolution of artful architecture. This is a brilliantly written revisionist reading of a perennially popular architect.


The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity


Author: Antoine Picon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111858824X

Category: Architecture

Page: 168

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Once condemned by Modernism and compared to a‘crime’ by Adolf Loos, ornament has made a spectacularreturn in contemporary architecture. This is typified by the worksof well-known architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, SauerbruchHutton, Farshid Moussavi Architecture and OMA. There is no doubtthat these new ornamental tendencies are inseparable frominnovations in computer technology. The proliferation ofdevelopments in design software has enabled architects toexperiment afresh with texture, colour, pattern and topology. Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, AntoinePicon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist fromearlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the‘subjective’ – the human interaction thatornament requires in both its production and its reception –and the political. Contrary to the message conveyed by the foundingfathers of modern architecture, traditional ornament was not meantonly for pleasure. It conveyed vital information about thedesignation of buildings as well as about the rank of their owners.As such, it participated in the expression of social values,hierarchies and order. By bringing previous traditions in ornamentunder scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues atstake in today’s ornamental revival. What does it tell usabout present-day culture? Why are we presently so fearful ofmeaning in architecture? Could it be that by steering so vehementlyaway from symbolism, contemporary architecture is evading anyexplicit contribution to collective values?

Bibles and Baedekers

Tourism, Travel, Exile and God


Author: Michael Grimshaw

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317491475

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Contemporary tourism and travel have become a form of religion, a new opiate of the masses. However, could Church and theology be religious forms of tourism and travel? 'Bibles and Baedekers' offers a theology of tourism and exile for a modern and postmodern world. It examines the ways in which location, identity and movement have made use of religious texts and metaphor and questions the relative absence of secular texts and ideas in theology. The theology of the tourist and traveller is one of new experiences, the acquisition of identity through movement. 'Bibles and Baedekers' uniquely applies this to the postmodern Christian, embodying the fulfilment of Bonhoeffer's 'religionless Christianity', dislocated from both a secular and 'religious' world.


A Modern Perspective


Author: James Trilling

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295981482

Category: Art

Page: 265

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Examines the history of ornament in Europe and western Asia, discusses its symbolism and function, and explores reasons for its decline.

The oral history of modern architecture

interviews with the greatest architects of the twentieth century


Author: John Peter

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc


Category: Architecture

Page: 320

View: 4525

This appealing and unprecedented book with compact disc tells the story of the development of modern architecture in the words of the people who created it. Comprised of interviews conducted over 40 years with more than 60 of the best architects and engineers. 200 photos. 72-minute CD.

Embodied Utopias

Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis


Author: Amy Bingaman,Lise Sanders,Rebecca Zorach

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134537565

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

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Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

Philosophy of the Arts

An Introduction to Aesthetics


Author: Gordon Graham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134563671

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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A new edition of this bestselling introduction to aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Includes new sections on digital music and environmental aesthetics. All other chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated.



Author: Stephen Kieran,University of Pennsylvania. Graduate School of Fine Arts

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture

Page: 111

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