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The new architecture of Europe

By: Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Publication details: 1962 Penguin Books HarmondsworthDescription: 351 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cmISBN:
  • 10802315
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 720.94 SMI
Summary: This book has been written for those who, not satisfied with viewing aged masterpieces only, would like to examine personally the provocative postwar architectural achievements of Europe.Two hundred and twenty-five buildings in sixteen countries are analyzed here. Obviously there are not two hundred and twenty-five works of contemporary architectural genius in Europe--or anywhere else. However, Europe certainly counts two hundred and twenty- five--and more--stimulating and significant recent buildings. This group has been sought out. The buildings have been selected and arranged to present not only an overall picture of architectural achievement but also a cultural barometer of each nation's postwar abilities in shelter. There is at times an obvious lack of equality in similar building types in different places. For example, housing in, say, Greece does not equal housing in Sweden--and is, indeed, surpassed by Stockholm examples not even mentioned. However, one of the functions of this book is to set forth the outstanding work in each country. Thus the traveler even in the less developed nations can readily find what new buildings of merit are about.
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This book has been written for those who, not satisfied with viewing aged masterpieces only, would like to examine personally the provocative postwar architectural achievements of Europe.Two hundred and twenty-five buildings in sixteen countries are analyzed here. Obviously there are not two hundred and twenty-five works of contemporary architectural genius in Europe--or anywhere else. However, Europe certainly counts two hundred and twenty- five--and more--stimulating and significant recent buildings. This group has been sought out. The buildings have been selected and arranged to present not only an overall picture of architectural achievement but also a cultural barometer of each nation's postwar abilities in shelter. There is at times an obvious lack of equality in similar building types in different places. For example, housing in, say, Greece does not equal housing in Sweden--and is, indeed, surpassed by Stockholm examples not even mentioned. However, one of the functions of this book is to set forth the outstanding work in each country. Thus the traveler even in the less developed nations can readily find what new buildings of merit are about.

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