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.
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
"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