American Architecture by David P. Handlin

By David P. Handlin

The USA has continually offered a different problem to architects: should still they emulate the previous international or reply to the calls for of the recent? David Handlin tells the complicated tale with lucidity and perception. nearly from its seventeenth-century beginnings, American structure was once topic to 2 it appears contradictory processesthe useful and the grandiose. the 1st comes via within the vernacular constructions of rural the US, the strategies of Jefferson, Bulfinch's fantastic civic constructions, the workplaces and factories of the commercial Age, and the cozy family culture that lies in the back of the homes of the Greene Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright. the second one is visible within the unheard of bold of the Chicago Schoolgreat engineers like Adler united with nice designers like Sullivan; within the majestic nation capitols, exhibition halls, and public constructions through agencies similar to McKim, Mead & White; within the luxurious of 5th road mansions; and within the exuberance of business Manhattan.The revised version ends with a full of life account of contemporary developmentsvirtual structure, the revival of old kinds (including modernism), the thirst for remarkable originality, and a brand new curiosity within the neighborhood, with figures together with Stern, Meier, Gehry, and Mockbee. 264 illustrations.

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Previously, when architects like Benjamin Latrobe and Robert Mills had to devise a new type of prison or church, they were able to find precedents in classical architecture to guide them. But in the antebellum period architects increasingly came to the conclusion that the institutions to be housed in the buildings they were designing were both so new and so complex that such ready analogies could not plausibly be made. Architecture was equally affected by changes in building materials and techniques'.

The structures associated with the new transportation routes that did so much to create a national economy were the period's most explicit and dramatic examples of advances in civil engineering. Accounts and illustrations of these structures were frequently included not just in the technical journals of the day, but also in the popular press. Some of these works, such as the five pairs oflocks at Lockport, New York (1825-44), were associated with the construction of canals. But the most celebrated engineering works were for railroads.

L'En fa nt conn ected these po ints by g rand bo uleva rds, at the intersections of whi ch w ere fo untain s. T he center o f this ambi tio us plan was a fo ur-hundred-foo t-wide mall , leadin g fro m the C api to l to the Po to mac . O n W as hing ton 's periph er y the street system connected wi th th e maj o r roa ds lea ding out of the city . W ashin gto n's grow th in its first th ree decades was slow. " Indeed the lo ng vistas in te rspersed w ith thickl y overgrow n woods and the priva te ho uses next to m aj o r buildin gs mu st have seem ed in cong ru o us, and it was man y yea rs before the city g rew to a size that was co mm ensura te w ith L' Enfa nt 's g rand plan .

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