Siegfried Giedion: An Intellectual Biography

ISBN: 9780748603893
Artist(s): Sigfried Giedion
Author(s): Sokratis Georgiadis
Format: hardback
Year published: 1994
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher Location: Edinburgh
Total Pages: 240


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Sigfried Giedion (1888-1968) was the author of the world’s most authentic history of modern architecture and a life-long combatant for the architectural avant garde. This biography surveys his major contribution to the history of architecture. Based primarily on his published works, it describes and analyzes his work, including his writings on late baroque and romantic classicism, new building materials, methods of construction and their aesthetic value and his influential writings on the origins of art and architecture. Giedion’s attempt to historically legitimize modern architecture and his unstinting criticism of rationalization and the belief in unlimited progress are described. This book should be of interest to architects and art historians interested in the cultural aspects of the modern condition.


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