Reyner Banham
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1989, 1980; originally published 1960, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780262520584

From the Publisher. First published in 1960, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age has become required reading in numerous courses on the history of modern architecture and is widely regarded as one of the definitive books on the modern movement. It has influenced a generation of students and critics interested in the formation of attitudes, themes, and forms which were characteristic of artists and architects working primarily in Europe between 1900 and 1930 under the compulsion of new technological developments in the first machine age.

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Carl Magnusson

This masterwork puts into perspective the implications of the industrial revolution for architecture and industrial design. The book provides evidence that modernism easily transcends the various styles of the first half of the 20th century and such historical blips as postmodernism. The modernist canons continue to be valid as we embark on the digital manifestations of our future realities.

R. Craig Miller

Banham was a provocative writer who constantly questioned the “myths” of modern design, offering challenging new interpretations. This ability to question and rethink is an intellectual task that each generation must address, to be able to move forward, linking the present to the past from fresh perspectives.

Michael Sorkin

Confirmed my modernist bent, offered the first picture seen of Michel de Klerk’s post office, and—via its shimmery prose—made the idea of writing about architecture plausible.

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