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Architecture: A Modern View [Hardcover]

Richard Rogers
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22 July 2013
The crisis of modern architecture is part of a much larger crisis involving the whole question of the way we live and how we use the resources of our planet. Poor design, monotony, and inhuman scale are the results not of lack of talent nor the failures of the Modern Movement, but of a surrender to selfish interests and short-sighted economies. Richard Rogers, perhaps the most original and inventive architect at work today, is a frequent commentator on the contemporary scene. In this book, available again after some years out of print, it is especially valuable to have his philosophy of design so succinctly summarized. As a practising architect, he is in the best possible position to appreciate how economic forces can create or frustrate good design. His book is illustrated largely by examples drawn from his own work, making it a professional record as well as a manifesto for the future.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (22 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500342938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342930
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This short book contains a lecture delivered by Richard Rogers in 1990 alongside illustrative images and a short preface providing Rogers’ 2013 reflections.

As Rogers notes, this lecture is not simply a detached consideration of modernist architecture but evangelical manifesto for the re-examination and renewal of the movement. Rogers’ is one of the principal figures of late 20th Century modernism, so the joy he takes in reviewing the better examples of the mode (many of them his own) is understandable.

The lecture breaks down into three broad themes. Firstly, a defence of the dizzying possibilities of modernism, unleashed by the advent of new building materials and design disengaged from the Western classical tradition. Secondly, there is a critique of the perversion of the movement by developers and town planners who saw the cheap materials and unornamented design as a means to maximise profits. Finally, Rogers’ considers the future of the movement in the context of the post-modern movement.

Rogers' comes out with all guns blazing when he discusses post-modernism. His view would seem to be that developers see it as a way of mollifying planners and the public through some ornamental flourishes in a vernacular they understand and, therefore, a cheap excuse for cheap design. Having used the most outstanding modernist examples to build his case, however, he chooses to ignore the outstanding post-modern examples that he could cite in opposition.

This bias is unsurprising given that he largely blames the market for the more egregious modernist failures rather than architectural dogma.
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