Inside Architecture is a concise, insightful examination of the
role the modernist project has played in late twentieth-century
building, as well as an attempt to reconcile the dilemmas and
shortcomings of modern orthodoxy with a renewed vision of
modernism.Since the 1950s, Vittorio Gregotti has constructed a
critical position that is probably without peer among practicing
architects. Through his experiments with the neo- avant-gardes in
1963, his editorship of Casabella from 1982 to 1995, and his
teaching, practice, and writing, Gregotti's voice has influenced
almost every recent architectural debate. Inside Architecture, his
first major work to be translated into English, balances a series
of architectual themes concerning the theoretical debate
surrounding modernism and tradition with the more practical affairs
of the architect.Gregotti first identifies the elements of mass
culture and public institutions that have led to the deterioration
of natural and man-made environments. He then investigates eight
issues -- precision, technique, monumentality, modification,
atopia, simplicity, procedure, and image -- that influence the
activities of contemporary architects. Gregotti is particularly
suspicious of the deconstructivist argument and its heavy reliance
on literary models. And he provides an incisive critique of the
recent interest in modernist aesthetics, warning against reviving
the forms of an old movement without considering the cultural and
social criteria that once gave it purpose and meaning.The Graham
Foundation / MIT Press Series in Contemporary Architectural
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