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The Modernist architecture of the two post-war decades established Vancouver's reputation as a center for progressive design and culture, a city where architects pursued their desire "to make of architecture a great humanistic experience." With an introduction by Adele Freedman discussing Modernism in Canadian architecture as a whole, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe's The New Spirit is the first comprehensive study of the acclaimed Modernist architecture of Vancouver.Modernism in Vancouver had many facets: it was a synthesis of expressions driven by a sense of social responsibility; it emphasized concerns such as economy of form, human uses, relation to site, affordability, and the effective employment of new technology. The author explores 25 years of sophisticated and distinctive architectureal innovation, examining both the conditions that brought this movement about and the forces that led to its decline. Given the eventual debasement of Modernism and the demolition of many of these Vancouver buildings, this account of the ambition of Modernist Canadian architects "to enhance the physical environment for human well-being" -- in homes, community centers, libraries and universities, churches, office towers, and apartment buildings -- serves as a reminder of how high ideals and a lively architectural culture can shape a better city.
Title: The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938-1963 (Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture)
Publisher: The MIT Press: 1997
ISBN Number: 0262621150
ISBN Number 13: 9780262621151
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Weight: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 142447
Description: Book is in excellent condition with very light shelf wear to covers only. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. 208 pages with a great many b&w photos, architectural drawings, elevations, floorplans, landscape plans, mechanical details.
Keywords: Mann, Richard C. , Manning, Donald M. Menzies, Alan, McCarter, John Y. Warnett, Kennedy, Edmund D. King, Ojars, Kalns; Cyril P. Jones, Roy Jessiman, Donald S. Jackson; Zoltan S. Kiss, Leonora L. Markovitch, ; Geoffrey, Massey; Otto Safir, ; Frank Russell, Freidrich R. Reinecke; John H. Read, ; Charles E. Pratt; Franklin Murray Polson; Christopher Owtram; Reno Negrin; Ronald K. Nelson; George C. Nairne; Frank W. Musson;,