Once again, new interpretations are presented of some of the most famous architecture of the period. Work by lesser-known architects, whose influence and role have been overlooked by conventional histories of the subject, is discussed. The case study structure allows each example to be discussed and used as a springboard to explore different theoretical approaches. Filled with beautiful photographs, plans and architect's drawings, this is a clear and accessible discussion on a period of architecture that engages many questions still under debate in architecture today.
Reviews of Modern Architecture through Case Studies:
'Peter Blundell Jones has compiled a first rate selection of detailed case studies of modern architecture which should really be required reading for every student.'
The Architectural Review
'The use of case studies gives the subject a tangible feel providing a close link between theory and practice. The illustrations are well judged and plentiful, the text is both scholarly, accessible and, in places, contentious.'
RIBA Bookshops review
'The idea of discussing modern architecture through a series of specific built designs seems to me excellent and emphasises the tangible aspect of architecture. It does not prevent making linkages between ideas about buildings but focuses on the fact that most projects are realised in a particular place for a particular client by a particular architect. I am therefore extremely sympathetic to the assumption behind this book'
Professor Michael Brawne, Architect, ex-Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath, UK, and author of Architectural Thought and the Design Process.
'… what I have read is clear, direct, informative, scholarly, designerly and insightful … I found it to be an optimistic book and therefore one which may have a positive role to play in enhancing the statue of modern architecture'.
Dr Julienne Hanson, Reader, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK
Chapter 1: Introduction 1945-1989; Section I - Team X; Chapter 2: Giancarlo de Carlo - Magistero (Faculty of Education) Urbino - 1968-76; Chapter 3: Aldo Van Eyck - Orphanage, Amsterdam 1957-60; Chapter 4: Alison and Peter Smithson - The Economist Group, London 1964; Chapter 5: Stirling and Gowan - University Engineering Building, Leicester 1964 ; Chapter 6: Ralph Erskine - Byker Housing, Newcastle 1974; Section II - Technological optimism; Chapter 7: Charles & Ray Eames - Eames House, Pacific Palisades 1945-49; Chapter 8: Egon Eiermann - German Pavilion, Brussels 1958; Chapter 9: Gunter Behnisch (adviser Frei Otto) - Olympic Stadia and entire complex, Munich 1968-1972 ; Chapter 10: Norman Foster - Willis Faber, Ipswich 1975; Chapter 11: Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers - Centre Pompidou, Paris 1977; Section III - Patterns of context; Chapter 12: Helmut Striffler, Protestant Chapel, Dachau 1967; Chapter 13: Gottfried Böhm - Bensberg Town Hall 1963; Chapter 14: Carlo Scarpa - Castelvecchio, Verona 1958-74; Chapter 15: Karljosef Schattner- Waisenhaus Eichstätt 1988; Chapter 16: Lucien Kroll - University Buildings, University of Louvain, Brussels, 1974; Chapter 17: Aldo Rossi - New Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena 1971; Chapter 18: Robert Venturi - Sainsbury Wing, London; Chapter 19: Peter Eisenman - Wexner Center, Columbus 1983-89; Chapter 20: Conclusion and subsequent developments