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Modern Architecture (World of Art)

A Critical History

Kenneth Frampton


An extensively revised and updated edition of a bestselling classic on modern architecture and its origins

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This highly acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980, and has helped to shape architectural practice and discourse worldwide. For this extensively revised and updated fifth edition, Kenneth Frampton has added a new section that explores in detail the modernist tradition in architecture across the globe in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He examines the varied ways in which architects are not only responding to the geographical, climatic, material and cultural contexts of their buildings, but also pursuing distinct lines of approach that emphasize topography, morphology, sustainability, materiality habitat and civic form. It remains an essential book for all students of architecture and architectural history.


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

'A wide-ranging work of superior 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

'The most authoritative architectural treatise undertaken by a single author ... a must on the bookshelf of every architect and student of architecture ... As far as one compact, yet a fundamental survey of the evolution of the Modern movement, it is unquestionably the most complete chronicle ... the most trusted and authoritative source to date ... a fascinating adventure to go from page to page from any point and in any direction, and every sentence is enticing and is there for a reason'

'The quintessential resource'
Eric P. Mumford, Professor of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Fifth edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 736 pp

Publication date: 27 August 2020

ISBN: 9780500204443

Contents List

Introduction • Part I: Cultural developments and predisposing techniques 1750–1939 • Part II: A critical history 1836–1967 • Part III: Critical transformations 1925–90 • Part IV: World Architecture and the Modern Movement • Afterword: Architecture in the Age of Globalization

About the Author

Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has taught at a number of leading institutions in the field, including the Royal College of Art in London, the ETH in Zürich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, EPFL in Lausanne and the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. From 1972 to 2019 he served as Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York. He is the author of numerous essays on modern and contemporary architecture, has served on many international juries for architectural awards and building commissions, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2018 he was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. His publications include Studies in Tectonic Culturei (1992), Labour, Work and Architecture (2005), American Masterworks (2008), Kengo Kuma: Complete Works (2012) and A Genealogy of Modern Architecture (2013).

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