Multilingual Glossary for Art Librarians

Author: IFLA Section of Art Libraries
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110977656
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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the information profession. The series IFLA Publications deals with many of the means through which libraries, information centres, and information professionals worldwide can formulate their goals, exert their influence as a group, protect their interests, and find solutions to global problems.

The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture

Author: James Stevens Curl
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199674981
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Covers all periods of western architectural history including biographies of architects and others who have made significant contributions to the field of architecture.

Making Dystopia

Author: James Stevens Curl
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191068152
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. Moreover, the coming of Modernism was not an inevitable, seamless evolution, as many have insisted, but a massive, unparalled disruption that demanded a clean slate and the elimination of all ornament, decoration, and choice. Tracing the effects of the Modernist revolution in architecture to the present, Stevens Curl argues that, with each passing year, so-called 'iconic' architecture by supposed 'star' architects has become more and more bizarre, unsettling, and expensive, ignoring established contexts and proving to be stratospherically remote from the aspirations and needs of humanity. In the elite world of contemporary architecture, form increasingly follows finance, and in a society in which the 'haves' have more and more, and the 'have-nots' are ever more marginalized, he warns that contemporary architecture continues to stack up huge potential problems for the future, as housing costs spiral out of control, resources are squandered on architectural bling, and society fractures. This courageous, passionate, deeply researched, and profoundly argued book should be read by everyone concerned with what is around us. Its combative critique of the entire Modernist architectural project and its apologists will be highly controversial to many. But it contains salutary warnings that we ignore at our peril. And it asks awkward questions to which answers are long overdue.

Spanish Design and Architecture

Author: Emma D. Coad
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN:
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Shows Spanish designs for posters, illustrations, furniture, buildings, jewelry, and fashion