Ecological Architecture: A Critical History

Ecological Architecture: A Critical History

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Ecological Architecture charts the ascendancy of an ecological approach to building over the past century, assessing as it does so the situation as it stands today, and identifying where we might go next. As a decisive step in the rewriting of the history of modern architecture, this book will be essential reading for practitioners and students of architecture: as an urgent wake-up call concerning the state of our built environment, it will be of interest to everyone with a stake in the future of our planet.

Conceived by four of the most influential art historians of our time, this groundbreaking book has now been updated and expanded to include the most recent developments in contemporary art. The original authors have been joined by David Joselit to provide the most comprehensive history of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries ever published.
More than 120 articles are presented in a year-by-year structure, with each focusing on a crucial event—from the creation of a seminal work to the opening of a major exhibition—to tell the myriad stories of art from 1900 to the present. Key turning points and breakthroughs in modernism are explored, as are the antimodernist reactions that proposed alternative visions of art and the world. The book's flexible structure and extensive cross-referencing allow readers to follow the many developments in the art world, from the influence of surrealism to the emergence of minimalism. A four-part introduction outlines the methodologies governing the discipline of art history, and two roundtable discussions examine the questions raised by the past while looking ahead to the futur
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