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Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean
Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities

ISBN 9780415776349
Published February 1, 2010 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing to light the debt twentieth-century modernist architects owe to the vernacular building traditions of the Mediterranean region, this book considers architectural practice and discourse from the 1920s to the 1980s. The essays here situate Mediterranean modernism in relation to concepts such as regionalism, nationalism, internationalism, critical regionalism, and postmodernism - an alternative history of the modern architecture and urbanism of a critical period in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Preface Barry Bergdoll  Introduction: North vs South Jean-François Lejeune & Michelangelo Sabatino  Part 1: South  1. From Schinkel to Le Corbusier: The Myth of the Mediterranean in Modern Architecture Benedetto Gravagnuolo  2. The Politics of Mediterraneità in Italian Modernist Architecture Michelangelo Sabatino  3. Sert, Coderch, Bohigas, de la Sota, Del Amo: The Modern, the Vernacular and the Mediterranean in Spain Jean-François Lejeune  4. Mediterranean Dialogues: Le Corbusier, Fernand Pouillon, and Roland Simounet Sheila Crane  5. Nature and the People: The Vernacular and The Search for a "True" Greek Architecture Ioanna Theocaropoulou  6. The Legacy of an Istanbul Architect: Type, Context, and Urban Identity in the Work of Sedad Eldem Sibel Bozdogan  Part 2: North  7. The Anti-Mediterranean in the literature of architecture: Paul Schultze-Naumburg’s "Kulturarbeiten" Kai K. Gutschow  8. Erich Mendelsohn’s Mediterranean Longings: The European Mediterranean Academy and Beyond Ita Heinze-Greenberg  9. Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics in Architecture: Bruno Taut’s Translations Out of Germany Esra Akcan  10. Tradition, Color and Surface: Mediterranean Resonances in the Work of Erik Gunnar Asplund Francis E. Lyn  11. Bernard Rudofsky and the Sublimation of the Vernacular Andrea Bocco-Guarneri  12. Between Dogon and Bidonville: CIAM, Team X and the Rediscovery of African Settlements Tom Avermaete

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Jean-François Lejeune is an architect and Professor of Architecture, Urban Design and History at the University of Miami School of Architecture, US.

Michelangelo Sabatino is Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, US.


"This collection of essays is a significant step towards establishing a wider picture of modernist architecture, opening up new ideas and unexplored regions. It is an important basis for future research, and also a valuable textbook for university courses." – Antonello Alici, European Architectural History Network Newsletter