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Mardges Bacon
Mardges Bacon is Matthews Distinguished University Professor and professor of art and architecture, Northeastern University.
Bacon, Mardges
Bacon, Mardges
United States of America
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Description: "Symbolic Essence" and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American ...
William H. Jordy was the leading scholar of modern and American architecture to emerge in the generation after Henry-Russell Hitchcock. His wide-ranging studies published over more than a half century drew upon the work of the first generation of historians of modernism, especially Nikolaus Pevsner and Sigfried...
Description: "Symbolic Essence" and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American ...
~During the summer of 1997, in anticipation of William Jordy’s eightieth birthday, the Buell Center—its director Joan Ockman and board members—initiated this collection of essays, inviting me to serve as guest editor and contribute an introductory essay. As a former graduate student at Brown University, I accepted because it offered me the...
Description: "Symbolic Essence" and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American ...
Historian and architectural critic William H. Jordy (1917–1997) significantly shaped the way we understand the character and meaning of modern architecture and American culture. This collection of his thought-provoking essays encompasses Jordy’s entire career and includes his signature essay, “The Symbolic Essence of Modern Architecture of the Twenties and Its Continuing Influence.” The collection also contains critical writings on works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi as well as significant but less-well-known pieces and one previously unpublished text.

The book demonstrates the range and depth of Jordy’s thinking. He leads his readers to discover important connections of architecture with art, literature, intellectual history, symbolic structures, social purpose, and community. Mardges Bacon’s insightful introduction to the volume situates Jordy’s essays in historical and architectural context and offers a concise intellectual biography of this original and influential thinker.
Print publication date May 2005 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300094497
EISBN 9780300238143
Illustrations 106 Illus.
Print Status in print