How did the great architects of this century reconcile their
vision of architecture with the realities of building? This is a
crucial question that every student of architecture must confront.
The Details of Modern Architecture, the first comprehensive
analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of
details in the development of architecture, provides not one answer
but many.The more than 500 illustrations are a major contribution
in their own right. Providing a valuable collective resource, they
present the details of notable architectural works drawn in similar
styles and formats, allowing comparisons between works of different
scales, periods, and styles.Covering the period 1890-1932, Ford
focuses on various recognized masters, explaining the detailing and
construction techniques that distort, camouflage, or enhance a
building. He looks at the source of each architect's ideas, the
translation of those ideas into practice, and the success or
failure of the technical execution.Ford examines Frank Lloyd
Wright's Robie House and Fallingwater Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye,
and buildings by McKim, Mead & White, Lutyens, Mies van der
Rohe, and Schindler from a point of view that acknowledges the
importance of tradition, precedent, style, and ideology in
architectural construction. He discusses critical details from a
technical and contextual standpoint, considering how they perform
how they add to or detract from the building as a whole, and how
some have persisted and been adapted through time.
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