Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowhow: Learning to Live with Uncertainty

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowhow: Learning to Live with Uncertainty

by Robert Maxwell


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Adept at moving between the examination of modern and contemporary architecture, art, literature and music, Robert Maxwell is a respected scholar whose critical writings articulate the role architecture plays in contemporary culture. In Ancient Wisdom And Modern Knowhow, Maxwell considers the notion of 'doubt' encountered by the modern architect. In ten chapters that draw upon writers and topics as diverse and engaging as Andre Malraux and his concept of the Musée Imaginaire, Colin Rowe and his exploration of "Mannerism in Modern Architecture" as well as Rowe's book with Fred Koetter, Collage City, and examining works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Picasso and Duchamp and architects including James Stirling, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind, Maxwell steps effortlessly through a range of ideas and concepts, to create an engaging and provocative thesis. Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowhow is the second of two new books to be published by Artifice books on architecture by Professor Robert Maxwell, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. The first, A Few Years of Writing Interspersed with some Facts of Life, was published in autumn 2012.

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ISBN-13: 9781908967145
Publisher: Artifice Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Eric Parry 7

Introduction Adrian Forty 9

Chapter 1 Claude Perrault and the Orders of Architecture 12

Chapter 2 The Animated Archive 22

Chapter 3 Taking from the Archive 34

Chapter 4 Rowe and Mannerism in Modern Architecture 42

Chapter 5 Rowe's Urbanism: The Triumph of Common Sense 64

Chapter 6 Functionalism and the Avant-garde 82

Chapter 7 Questions that Remain 104

Chapter 8 Stirling's Theory: The Critical Act 120

Conclusion: The Age of Uncertainty 132

Acknowledgements 139

Image Credits 140

Index 142

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