Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226874821 Published August 2001 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226874838 Published August 2001 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada

Morality and Architecture Revisited

David Watkin

Morality and Architecture Revisited
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David Watkin

191 pages | 6 x 8-3/4 | © 2001
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226874821 Published August 2001 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226874838 Published August 2001 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
When Morality and Architecture was first published in 1977, it received passionate praise and equally passionate criticism. An editorial in Apollo, entitled "The Time Bomb," claimed that "it deserved to become a set book in art school and University art history departments," and the Times Literary Supplement savaged it as an example of "that kind of vindictiveness of which only Christians seem capable."

Here, for the first time, is the story of the book's impact. In writing his groundbreaking polemic, David Watkin had taken on the entire modernist establishment, tracing it back to Pugin, Viollet-le-Duc, Corbusier, and others who claimed that their chosen style had to be truthful and rational, reflecting society's needs. Any critic of this style was considered antisocial and immoral. Only covertly did the giants of the architectural establishment support the author. Watkin gives an overview of what has happened since the book's publication, arguing that many of the old fallacies still persist. This return to the attack is a revelation for anyone concerned architecture's past and future.

Contents
Preface
Prologue: The Philosophic Background
Morality and Architecture
Prefatory Note
Introduction
Part I - The Theme in the Nineteenth Century
1. Pugin
2. Viollet-le-Duc
Part II - The Theme in the Twentieth Century
1. Lethaby
2. Brave New World
3. Furneaux Jordan
Part III - Pevsner
1. Early Writings
2. The Historic Mission
3. 'Historicism'
Conclusion
References
Epilogue: The Critical Reaction
The Position Today
Index
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