Reyner Banham and the paradoxes of high tech / Todd Gannon ; with an unpublished essay by Reyner Banham.
- Los Angeles : The Getty Research Institute,  , ©2017
4 unnumbered preliminary pages, 253 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
- Banham, Reyner -- Criticism and interpretation.
Banham, Reyner 1922-1988
Architectural critics -- Great Britain.
Architectural historians -- Great Britain.
- Local subjects:
- Banham, Reyner.
- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- "Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech reassesses one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham's writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents. Taking as a guide Banham's habit of structuring his writings around dialectical tensions, Todd Gannon sheds new light on Banham's early engagement with the New Brutalism of Alison and Peter Smithson, his measured enthusiasm for the "clip-on" approach developed by Cedric Price and the Archigram group, his advocacy of "well-tempered environments" fostered by integrated mechanical and electrical systems, and his late-career assessments of High Tech practitioners such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Renzo Piano. Gannon devotes significant attention to Banham's late work, including fresh archival materials related to Making Architecture: The Paradoxes of High Tech, the manuscript he left unfinished at his death in 1988. For the first time, readers will have access to Banham's previously unpublished draft introduction to that book"-- provided by publisher.
- In search of alternatives: Banham, Britain, and the new brutalism
Unconventional combinations: a clip-on architecture
Savage minds and the well-tempered environment
High tech and the persistence of modernism
Making architecture: the ethics of high tech
Architecture beyond building
Conclusion : Building beyond architecture
High tech and advanced engineering / Reyner Banham.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Martin and Margy Meyerson Endowment Fund for the Built Environment Collections.
- Getty Research Institute, issuing body.
Martin and Margy Meyerson Endowment Fund for the Built Environment Collections.
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