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Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture

Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture


Publisher: Prestel Publishing 2018 Authors: Nicolas Grospierre ISBN: 9783791382296 Format: Paperback, 224pp, 240x280mm

Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture is at once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture. Bringing together a fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre's photography, this book covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 across Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

These images range from iconic buildings, such as the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis and the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific Research and Development in Kiev, to little-known structures such as the Balneological Hospital in Druskininkai, Lithuania or Oscar Niemeyer's unfinished International Fair Grounds in Tripoli.

Derived from his popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture, and organised by architectural form, this book reveals how modernist architecture is the embodiment of political and social ideologies, especially in public institutions such as banks, churches, libraries and government buildings. Following the series of full-page images is an index that details the location, date, architect and purpose of each building.

While many of the buildings in this archive often go unrecognised, their forms are prominent in the landscape of modern civilisation. Grospierre's keen eye and enthusiasm for the mundane as well as the sublime will motivate readers to look at the buildings around them in new and exciting ways. 

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