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Modern architecture
Avery, Derek.
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Publication Information:
London : Chaucer Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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NA680 .A94 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The modern architecture covered in this volume dates from the end of the First World War to the present day. Both world wars ravaged populations and environments alike, giving rise to rapid rebuilding programmes. The availability of new materials and construction methods enabled architects worldwide to experiment in reconciling their individual visions with the forces driving post-industrial society. This richly illustrated overview of the great diversity of structures enhancing our contemporary world contains chapters on Homes and Housing, Art and Culture, Leisure and Recreation, Religious Architecture, Administration and Government, Office Buildings, and a complete index of the Architects and Buildings of the Period. This title is part of a trilogy of books published by Chaucer Press, lavishly portraying three hundred years of architecture, from the Georgian and Regency period through the Victorian and Edwardian era to the modern day.

Author Notes

Having done just about everything that the World of books has to offers, from the restoration and conservation of ancient manuscripts to international co-editions for mainstream publishers on three continents, Derek Avery is channelling his talent for research into a wide variety of projects as a freelance journalist, broadcaster and writer

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Library Journal Review

Part of the publisher's trilogy portraying 300 years of architecture, this book provides a brief survey of 20th-century architecture in the Western world. Although prolific British author, researcher, and broadcaster Avery covers a wide variety of important architects and buildings of the century, his analysis is rather scant. He makes informative observations on architectural trends, but most chapters just list famous buildings, and we don't find out why they are important. While the color photographs are fine, many of the black-and-white photographs are too small, cropped, or indistinct to be useful. The chapters are arranged by building type (e.g., "Homes and Housing," "Leisure and Recreation"), and the index includes brief biographies of the architects of the period. For a better treatment of the British history of the modern movement in architecture to 1965, consider Alan Colquhoun's recent Modern Architecture.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Appraisal of Modern Architecturep. 7
Chapter 2 Homes and Housingp. 51
Chapter 3 Education and Researchp. 85
Chapter 4 Art and Culturep. 93
Chapter 5 Leisure and Recreationp. 105
Chapter 6 Religious Architecturep. 117
Chapter 7 Administration and Governmentp. 121
Chapter 8 Office Buildingsp. 125
Architects and Buildings of the Period (indexed)p. 129