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Modern architecture and other essays
Scully, Vincent, Jr., 1920-
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2003]

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399 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
American villas: inventiveness in the American suburb from Downing to Wright -- Wright vs. the International style -- Archetype and order in recent American architecture -- Modern architecture: toward a redefinition of style -- The nature of the classical in art -- Frank Lloyd Wright and twentieth-century style -- The death of the street -- Doldrums in the suburbs -- RIBA discourse 1969: a search for principle between two wars -- Where is modern architecture going? -- Frank Lloyd Wright and the stuff of dreams -- Architecture, sculpture and painting: environment, act, and illusion -- Le Corbusier, 1922-1965 -- Introduction to The Louis I. Kahn Archive: personal drawings -- Robert Venturi's gentle architecture -- Architecture: the natural and the manmade -- Louis I. Kahn and the ruins of Rome -- Everybody needs everything -- The architecture of community -- America at the millennium: architecture and community.
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Vincent Scully has shaped not only how we view the evolution of architecture in the twentieth century but also the course of that evolution itself. Combining the modes of historian and critic in unique and compelling ways--with an audience that reaches from students and scholars to professional architects and ardent amateurs--Scully has profoundly influenced the way architecture is thought about and made.

This extensively illustrated and elegantly designed volume distills Scully's incalculable contribution. Neil Levine, a former student of Scully's, selects twenty essays that reveal the breadth and depth of Scully's work from the 1950s through the 1990s. The pieces are included for their singular contribution to our understanding of modern architecture as well as their relative unavailability to current readers. Levine offers a perceptive overview of Scully's distinguished career and introduces each essay, skillfully setting the scholarly and cultural scene. The selections address almost all of modern architecture's major themes and together go a long way toward defining what constitutes the contemporary experience of architecture and urbanism. Each is characteristically Scully--provocative, yet precise in detail and observation, written with passionate clarity. They document Scully's seminal views on the relationship between the natural and the built environment and trace his progressively intense concern with the fabric of the street and of our communities. The essays also highlight Scully's engagement with the careers of so many of the twentieth century's most significant architects, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to Robert Venturi.

In the tradition of great intellectual biographies, this finely made book chronicles our most influential architectural historian and critic. It is a gift to architecture and its history.

Author Notes

Vincent Joseph Scully Jr. was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 21, 1920. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps. He received a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University in 1949. His thesis, The Shingle Style: Architectural Theory and Design from Richardson to the Origins of Wright, was published as a book in 1955. He taught at Yale from 1947 until 2009.

He wrote several books during his lifetime including American Architecture and Urbanism; The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture; Pueblo: Mountain, Village, Dance; Architecture: The Natural and the Manmade; and Yale in New Haven: Architecture and Urbanism. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2004. He died from complications of Parkinson's disease on November 30, 2017 at the age of 97.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

One of the luminaries of American university life during the second half of the 20th century, Scully taught architectural history at Yale for over 40 years, influencing generations of scholars, critics, and designers as a legendary lecturer, writer, and scholar before his retirement in 1991 to an emeritus status at the University of Miami. This book brings together his most noted essays from far-flung publications that are difficult, if not impossible, to find. It is long overdue, as Harvard's Michael Hays notes in his enthusiastic endorsement. Topics range from the nature of classical art to Frank Lloyd Wright, to Pueblo ruins, Egyptians, and urban renewal in the 1960s. The essays have been carefully selected and introduced by Scully's protg Neil Levine, Gleason Professor of History of Art at Harvard. This book is highly recommended as a treasure trove of great writing and observations on American, Modern, and worldwide architecture.-Peter McKee Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Scully (emer., history of art, Yale Univ.) ranks among the most influential architectural historians of the 20th century. His impact lies not only in how the buildings and settings about which he has written are perceived, but also in the shaping of architecture itself. Unlike many colleagues, Scully has focused on what things mean in the present more than what they have meant in the past, and even in the latter, interpretation is developed primarily from visual analysis rather than from period documents. With this approach, Scully has moved, almost seamlessly, between the role of historian and critic. Although criticized by some scholars, Scully's writings have inspired several generations of architects and sensitized many others to the built environment. Levine, a Scully protege and distinguished historian of architecture, has assembled a collection of 20 essays that he considers the most important and revealing of their author's intellectual development over a half century. Accompanied by insightful introductions, these choices afford a rich view of that evolution, but more importantly of architecture itself. Beyond its value to specialists, this anthology is a wonderful source for anyone with a keen interest in architecture. No one living has written on the subject in a more eloquent and compelling way. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. R. Longstreth George Washington University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 8
Vincent Scully: A Bibliographical Sketchp. 12
Chapter 1 American Villas: Inventiveness in the American Suburb from Downing to Wrightp. 34
Chapter 2 Wright vs. International Stylep. 64
Chapter 3 Archetype and Order in Recent American Architecturep. 64
Chapter 4 Modern Architecture: Toward a Redefinition of Stylep. 74
Chapter 5 The Nature of the Classical in Artp. 88
Chapter 6 Frank Lloyd Wright and Twentieth[Century Stylep. 106
Chapter 7 The Death of the Streetp. 120
Chapter 8 Doldrums in the Suburbsp. 128
Chapter 9 RIBA Discourse 1969: A Search for Principle between Two Warsp. 142
Chapter 10 Where is Modern Architecture Going?p. 158
Chapter 11 Frank Lloyd Wright and the Stuff of Dreamsp. 170
Chapter 12 Architecture, Sculpture, and painting: Environment, Act, and Illusionp. 198
Chapter 13 Le Corbusier, 1922[1965p. 236
Chapter 14 Introduction to The Lois I. Kahn Archive: Personal Drawingsp. 250
Chapter 15 Robert Venturi's Gentle Architecturep. 260
Chapter 16 Architecture: The Natural and the Mammadep. 282
Chapter 17 Louis I. Kahn and the Ruins of Romep. 298
Chapter 18 Everybody Needs Everythingp. 320
Chapter 19 The Architecture of Communityp. 340
Chapter 20 America at the Millennium: Architecture and Communityp. 358
Bibliography of Vincent Scully's Writingsp. 368
Indexp. 384
Text and Photography Creditsp. 398