Architecture in the Twentieth Century
By Peter Gössel and Gabriele Leuthäuser
Flexicover, 448 pages
TASCHEN America, LLC
Recently released from Taschen, Architecture in the Twentieth Century by Peter Gössel and Gabriele Leuthäuser presents an engaging and thorough study of the diverse architecture that shaped the 20th Century.
This newly revised edition explores the architecture of the 20th Century by conveniently separating the works and ideology of the period into five distinct parts. Beginning with the late 1700s, the authors trace the origins of 20th Century design with the development of innovative materials such as glass and iron. Creatively using these materials, designers such as Gustave Eiffel, Joesph Paxton, Daniel Burnham, William LeBaron Jenney, and Louis Sullivan composed new soaring forms and spaces that would influence generations of new designers to come. Other sections of the book focus on the industrialism of factories and manufacturing prevalent near the turn of the century, the new definition of house fostered by the International Style, the stark brutalism and severity of modernism, as well as the diversity of post modernism, deconstructivism, and new rationalism that characterized design at the end of the millennium.
A definitive collection of the 20th Century's most important works, this 448 page book provides both a visual and informative introduction to the buildings and minds behind these structures. Particularly helpful are the brief profiles of the architects and designers of these works located near the back of the book. Useful as a classroom text and essential reference, Architecture in the Twentieth Century is an enjoyable book for anyone with a passion for good design.