Making it Modern: The History of Modernism in Architecture of Design

Making it Modern: The History of Modernism in Architecture of Design

by Aaron Betsky

Hardcover(English ed.)

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At its root, modernism is that fundamental. It is a question of having something to represent that is of the moment. In the most radical interpretation, modernism always comes too late. The modern is that which is always new, which is to say, always changing and already old by the time it has appeared. Modernism is always a retrospective act, one of documenting or trying to catch what has already appeared - an attempt to fix life as it is being lived. Modernity is just the very fact that we as human beings are continually remaking the world around us through our actions, and are doing so consciously. Modernism is a monument to or memory of that act, which in its own making tries to remake the world it is pretending to represent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940291154
Publisher: Actar
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Edition description: English ed.
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,172,683
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Aaron Betsky (born 1958) is a critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, as well as Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He was previously the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Betsky was named as the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008. From 1995-2001 Betsky was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He worked as a designer for Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung.

Table of Contents

What Modern Is: Introduction 9

Space Opens Up 31

Staging Modernity: The aesthetics of the future 61

A New Style of Life: Artifacts of modernity 95

At Home in the Brave New World 123

Buildings like Crystals, Forms as Cold Ice: The styling of modernity 155

Toward Totality: Planning for perfection 185

The Human Form Endures: Contingent modernism 217

Wooden Ships: The modernism of complexity and contradiction 245

After Modernism: Experimental design 277

Re-Modernism: Design for sprawl 307

Selected readings 335

Index of names 346

Illustrations credits 351


"This architectural study considers how to define modernism and whether it is

still viable or meaningful in the context of the architecture and design of

homes and other spaces. Some subjects for consideration are modernity and

aesthetics, artifacts of modernity, experimental design, and design for

sprawl. The book contains color photos throughout." —ProtoView

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