Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology

Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology reverses common conceptions of modern architecture It shows that the architecture of the th century not only embraced both environmental and cultural conditio

  • Title: Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology
  • Author: David Leatherbarrow Richard Wesley
  • ISBN: 9781472435538
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology reverses common conceptions of modern architecture It shows that the architecture of the 20th century not only embraced both environmental and cultural conditions, but that a number of the major architects of the modern period saw these two concerns as one This understanding supported a creative response to unprecedented conditionsModern Architecture as Cultural Ecology reverses common conceptions of modern architecture It shows that the architecture of the 20th century not only embraced both environmental and cultural conditions, but that a number of the major architects of the modern period saw these two concerns as one This understanding supported a creative response to unprecedented conditions of practice in the modern period, conditions that were radically altered by the processes of urbanization, industrialization, and environmentalism in short, modernization The new account offered by Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology overcomes a wornout commonplace of existing histories that the new architecture of the 20th Century resulted from an iconoclastic combination of art and engineering Not only inaccurate, this notion obscures the real continuity of the modern tradition as it developed within an environmental and cultural context Through an indepth re examination of specific works of modern architecture, the origins of many contemporary concepts of ecological design are uncovered and explained, including green roofs, sun breakers, day light harvesting and rain water collection The term cultural ecology is introduced in this book to describe works that take account of the building s environmental context as well as the social and historical conditions that endow the environmental solution with cultural significance In addition to its historical argument, Modern Architecture as Cultural Ecology addresses a poignant challenge facing theory, practice and education in architecture today the disjunction between environmental determinism and aesthetic experimentalism.

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