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The Assault of Modernity

Xing Ruan

Xing Ruan was born in Kunming, China in 1965. He studied architecture, and currently is Guangqi Chair Professor and Dean at the School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He was Professor of Architecture at Sydney’s University of New South Wales (2004–20). His previous books include: Fusheng Jianzhu [Floating Life and Architecture 浮生·建筑], 2020; Allegorical Architecture, 2006; New China Architecture, 2006; Hand and Mind, 2018; Topophilia and Topophobia, 2007. He is co-editor, with Ronald Knapp, of the book series Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Confucius’ Courtyard : Architecture, Philosophy and the Good Life in China

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2022

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...In the middle of the twentieth century, the core of imperial Beijing was corrupted, monumentally enlarged, and its city walls demolished by revolutionary forces, ironically shared by the communists and the diehard modernists. While...

The Nature Parallel

Barry Bergdoll

Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York. From 2007 to 2013, he served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Return of Nature : Sustaining Architecture in the Face of Sustainability

Routledge, 2014

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... The Nature Parallel Barry Bergdoll What I present in the pages that follow operates quite differently from K. Michael Hays’s following analysis of Mies van der Rohe and the sublime, although I think that what I have to say will intersect...

Modernism – Institutional and phenomenal

Mark Crinson

Mark Crinson is Professor of Art History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a board member of ABE Journal (Architecture Beyond Europe) and also vice-president of the European Architectural History Network. His previous books include Stirling and Gowan: Architecture from Austerity to Affluence (2012; winner of the Historians of British Art Prize, 2014) and Modern Architecture and the End of Empire (2003; winner of the Spiro Kostof Prize, 2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Richard J. Williams

Richard J. Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has written and edited several books, including Regenerating Culture and Society (2011) and After Modern Sculpture (2000), and is a frequent contributor to The Times Higher on architecture and urbanism related topics. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Architecture of Art History : A Historiography

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...A large empty panel dominates the street façade of the Villa Schwob, an early building by Le Corbusier in his home town of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland (Figure 3.1). The panel stares out like an open-air cinema screen or a never-used...

Next to Nothing

K. Michael Hays

K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Return of Nature : Sustaining Architecture in the Face of Sustainability

Routledge, 2014

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... Next to Nothing K. Michael Hays I wish to rewrite the oldest maxim of art theory, that art imitates nature. I shall rewrite it like this: Art (or in this case architecture) is mimetic of a Nature that does not exist; or, architecture...

Curtain Walls

Nicholas Holt

Nicholas Holt is a Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). He joined SOM in 1995 and oversees the technical efforts for all projects completed by the New York office. He is a senior leader in SOM’s High Performance Design Initiative, an internal think tank that is develop ing the standards and goals by which SOM will meet the net zero carbon, energy, waste and water goals of the coming years. He is also a Principal at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a research collaboration co-founded by SOM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Tall Buildings Reference Book

Routledge, 2013

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... Curtain Walls Nicholas Holt The Curtain Wall In the broadest definition, a curtain wall is any non- natural light to penetrate, and making floor plates more bearing exterior wall system attached to, or hung on, a efficient and more...

Introduction

Hilde Heynen

Hilde Heynen is Professor of Architectural Theory at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sibyl Moholy-Nagy : Architecture, modernism and its discontents

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2016

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...The history of modern architecture is populated by characters that never made it to the front stages of its main narratives. Few figures stand out – it is the nature of history writing that it concentrates on telling the story through...

Nature after Mies

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis, Professor at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, New York, founded Diane Lewis Architects, New York, in 1983. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Return of Nature : Sustaining Architecture in the Face of Sustainability

Routledge, 2014

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... Nature after Mies Diane Lewis I By tracing a sequence of plans that directly address the issue of nature and the sublime, the definitive contributions made by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are clearly illuminated. Pivotal among...

A Controversial Figure

Hilde Heynen

Hilde Heynen is Professor of Architectural Theory at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sibyl Moholy-Nagy : Architecture, modernism and its discontents

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2016

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...It is not an easy task to position Sibyl Moholy-Nagy within the intellectual tendencies and movements of her age. As we have seen throughout this book, she was very outspoken in her opinions and arguments. She nevertheless only rarely...

Infrastructure and Landscape in Early-Twentieth-Century England and America

Margaret Birney Vickery

Margaret Birney Vickery is Lecturer in History of Art and Architecture at Amherst College, University of Massachusetts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Landscape and Infrastructure : Reimagining the Pastoral Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

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...In 1902, Ebenezer Howard published his seminal book Garden Cities of Tomorrow. As the name suggests, Howard was promoting a marriage of city and country in an effort to ameliorate many of the problems plaguing cities and the countryside...