This volume grew out of a series of lectures given by the author in Mendrisio, at the Academy of Architecture of the Università della Svizzera italiana. The lessons are designed to compensate for a tendency to oversimplify the cultural complexity of the so-called Modern Movement, which today appears very diverse in its many manifestations. Many of the architects of the works discussed in this collection, despite adopting a seemingly shared syntax, seem in fact to have approached the task of building on the basis of their own values and models and to have adopted methods that are relatively open, both technologically and socio-culturally. Hence the thesis presented here, namely that though certain works can be included in the category of a generic abstractism, they yet each reveal a subtle variation in response to the context in which it is situated, even if all of them invoke the dogma of the flat roof, accompanied by a structural steel or reinforced concrete system and large glazed surfaces.
The book is organized into eighteen chapters, each devoted to an architect (from Rudolf Schindler to Arne Jacobsen, Richard Neutra, Max Bill, Johannes Duiker, Jaromír Krejcar, passing through Eileen Gray, Willem Marinus Dudok, Louis Herman De Koninck, Pierre Chareau, Sigurd Lewerentz, Evan Owen Williams, Antonin Raymond, Erich Mendelsohn, Berthold Lubetkin, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Max Ernst Haefeli & Werner Moser, and Alejandro de la Sota), giving a brief historical-biographical introduction to each before analysing in particular a relevant work. The text is richly illustrated.
Kenneth Frampton (1930) is one of the leading theorists and critics of architecture. A professor at Columbia University in New York, he has also taught at the major academic institutions, including the Royal College of Art in London, the Polytechnics of Zurich and Lausanne, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture. He is the author, among other books, of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (Thames & Hudson), a classic of historiography translated worldwide.
Pierre-Alain Croset: «Book after book, Kenneth Frampton continues making distinctive choices in defending and reaffirming the validity of the project of modernity, while supporting the necessity to critically analyse architectural works as a built form that can produce quality of experience and programmatic innovation» (read more).
L’altro Movimento Moderno
19 x 24,5 cm, 348 pp.
604 ill. b/w
€ 42 / frs 45.–Buy
This collection of essays traces a promenade, discontinuous and multi-directional, amid the themes, interests, curiosities and concerns that marked the creation and guided the design path of some of the works of Le Corbusier, beginning with his research in the thirties into the «elegant solution», the form of a “reticent” structure or fluid internal spatial qualities, and down to the development in the sixties of original, proliferating, «open building» compositions, above all in the trend towards receptiveness to multiple interpretations that the observer feels authorized to make on the basis of his culture.
Bruno Reichlin (Lucerne, 1941), an architect with a professional activity in restoration, was a professor at the Institut d’Architecture of the University of Geneva until 2006 and a professor at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture until 2011. He has curated exhibitions and written essays on Alberto Sartoris, Robert Mallet Stevens, Max Bill, Frederick Kiesler, Oswald Haerdtl, Asnago and Vender, Mies van der Rohe, Carl Weidemeyer, Philip Johnson, Carlo Scarpa.
Dalla «soluzione elegante»
ad alcune opere di Le Corbusier
Annalisa Viati Navone
19 x 24.5 cm, 432 pp.
470 ill. b/w and col.
€ 45 / frs 55.–
This dense work, containing a wealth of previously unpublished data and images, explores certain aspects of the architecture of the 1920s and 30s in relation to concepts of nationalism and internationalism in the political context of Switzerland. It does not aim to study either nationalism or internationalism in themselves, nor the dialectical and political conflicts between them, seeking only to provide a survey of certain situations in which architects openly appealed to either of these outlooks.
19 x 24.5 cm, 392 pp.
239 ill. b/w
€ 45 / frs 55.–
The book is a collection of twelve essays on the history of medieval published since the 1960s in rare editions or in other forms by now hard to obtain. In describing them as «Fragments of life», the author refers not just to the time span they embrace, but also to a common critical purpose: never to lose sight of the concrete object of his work, albeit in a wide range of fields: from late classical to Byzantine, from the miniature to the “minor arts”. A return to these topics, selected by the author himself and in a number of cases revisited for the occasion, affords an opportunity to follow up a critical viewpoint in which rigorous scholarship, faithfulness to “text” and interpretative passion are combined in a uniquely idiosyncratic style.
Wolvinio e gli angeli.
Studi sull’arte medievale
19 x 24.5 cm, 264 pp.
67 ill. col., 54 ill. b/w
hardback in slipcase
€ 70 / frs 110.–