Sigfried Giedion
Oxford University Press, New York, 1975, originally published 1948, English
Nonfiction, Architecture

A classic study of the evolution of mechanization, its effects on modern civilization, and its historical and philosophical implications.

On 6 book lists
Barry Bergdoll

Still a brilliant book that frames architecture in a new way. Giedion’s use of illustrations makes his books extraordinary works of page layout: you can enter the argument anywhere. Unless you are working on the historiography of modern architecture, there is no need to read the book from cover to cover—Giedion understood the idea of hypertext long before the Internet “invented” it.

Craig Hodgetts

What a revelation! Giedion weaves the strands of innovation we take for granted into a compelling fabric that helps to explain how and why our cities and towns took the shape they did. Hopefully someone of his stature will do the same for the Information Age.

Greg Lynn

The granddaddy of Reyner Banham’s work, in my opinion.

George Tscherny

Like the Bible, this book is not read in one sitting. And also like the Bible, one goes back to it again and again for wisdom and sustenance.

Massimo Vignelli

My introduction to modern times.

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