"Symbolic Essence" and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture (Buell Center/Columbia Book of Archite)

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Historian and architectural critic William H. Jordy (1917 1997) significantly shaped the way we understand the character and meaning of modern architecture and American culture. This collection of his thought-provoking essays encompasses Jordy’s entire career and includes his signature essay, The Symbolic Essence of Modern Architecture of the Twenties and Its Continuing Influence.” The collection also contains critical writings on works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi as well as significant but less-well-known pieces and one previously unpublished text.

Generously illustrated, the book demonstrates the range and depth of Jordy’s thinking. He leads his readers to discover important connections of architecture with art, literature, intellectual history, symbolic structures, social purpose, and community. Mardges Bacon’s insightful introduction to the volume situates Jordy’s essays in historical and architectural context and offers a concise intellectual biography of this original and influential thinker.

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This is the first collection of William H. Jordy’s influential essays on the character and meaning of modern architecture and American culture. Jordy’s writings always incisive, witty, and accessible are drawn from his entire career and include critical studies of 20th-century architects and a previously unpublished text. Mardges Bacon’s introduction provides an excellent intellectual biography of the important historian.

 

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Mardges Bacon is Matthews Distinguished University Professor and professor of art and architecture, Northeastern University.

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