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Modern Architecture (World of Art)

A Critical History

Kenneth Frampton


‘A useful and wide-ranging work of superior architectural scholarship, this ambitious publication contains many chapters that stand on their own as perceptive essays; it is marked throughout by a consistently mature critical intelligence’ New York Review of Books


This acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980.

For the fourth edition Kenneth Frampton has added a major new chapter that explores the effects of globalization on architecture in recent years, the phenomenon of the celebrity architect, and the way in which practices worldwide have addressed such issues as sustainability and habitat.

The bibliography has also been updated and expanded, making this volume more complete and indispensable than ever.

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'One of the most important works on modern architecture we have today'
Architectural Design

'A power-packed book that takes the reader from the mid-18th century to the present day, from Boullée to Hadid with many pleasant and informative visitations in between … Highly recommended'
Building Engineer

Further Details


Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Fourth edition revised, expanded and updated

Size: 21.0 x 14.8 cm

Extent: 424 pp

Illustrations: 417

Publication date: 17 September 2007

ISBN: 9780500203958

Contents List

Introduction • Part I: Cultural Developments and Predisposing Techniques 1750–1939 • Part II:?A Critical History 1836–1967 • Part III: Critical Assessment and Extension into the Present 1925–2007

About the Author

Professor Kenneth Frampton is a distinguished architectural historian and the author of many books, including Renzo Piano: The Complete Logbook and Le Corbusier, both published by Thames & Hudson. He is Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.