Twentieth-century American Architecture

Twentieth-century American Architecture

The Buildings and Their Makers

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Baker & Taylor
Presents figures, movements, and buildings that have defined twentieth-century American architecture, from Thomas Jefferson's work at the University of Virginia to the Mall of America.

Norton Pub
An authoritative and richly illustrated narrative history of the buildings that shaped the American century and the architects who gave them form.
Carter Wiseman presents an original, readable, and literate overview of the major figures, influential movements, and landmark buildings that have defined American architecture over the past hundred years. In a survey that is "as good . . . as anyone is likely to write . . . accurate in its facts, wise and fair in its judgments"(New York Times), he focuses to a large extent on architecture's makers--the commanding figures who by force of personality and sheer artistic ability indelibly influenced its progress: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Louis Kahn, Frank Gehry. The triumph of modernism; the growth of architectural preservation; the eclipse of the practical arts by money, theory, and abstraction; and the uncertain future of architecture in a country that celebrates both individualism and community are just some of the issues addressed in this highly praised work. Originally published in hardcover under the title Shaping a Nation.

Book News
Describes landmark buildings that shaped the American 20th century and brings to life architects of the period and the major architectural movements. Discusses the rise of modernism, the growth of historic preservation, the financial aspects of building, and the struggle in design between individualism and community. Includes b&w photos of buildings. Wiseman was architectural critic for New York magazine from 1980 to 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The architectural critic and historian presents an account of the most influential figures, movements, and buildings that have defined twentieth-century American architecture. Originally published as Shaping a Nation. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Norton, 2000
ISBN: 9780393320541
Branch Call Number: 720.973 Wi 2000
Characteristics: 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Shaping a nation


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