A Critical 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' - StirWorld 'The quintessential resource' - Eric P. Mumford, Professor of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis
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 Zrich, 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 Culture</>i (1992), Labour, Work and Architecture (2005), American Masterworks (2008), Kengo Kuma: Complete Works (2012) and A Genealogy of Modern Architecture (2013).
Introduction Part I: Cultural developments and predisposing techniques 17501939 Part II: A critical history 18361967 Part III: Critical transformations 192590 Part IV: World Architecture and the Modern Movement Afterword: Architecture in the Age of Globalization