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Function and Fantasy : Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century (Hardcover)

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The introduction of iron - and later steel - construction and decoration transformed architecture in the nineteenth-century. While the structural employment of iron has been a frequent subject of study, this book re-directs scholarly scrutiny on its place in the aesthetics of architecture in the long nineteenth century. Together, its eleven unique and original chapters chart - for the first time - the global reach of iron’s architectural reception, from the first debates on how iron could be incorporated into architecture’s traditional aesthetics to the modernist cleaving of its structural and ornamental roles. The book is divided into three sections. Firstly, 'Formations' considers the rising tension between the desire to translate traditional architectural motifs into iron and the nascent feeling that iron buildings were themselves creating an entirely new field of aesthetic expression. Secondly, 'Exchanges' charts the commercial and cultural exchanges that took place between British iron foundries and clients in far-flung locations such as Argentina, Jamaica, Nigeria and Australia. Expressing colonial control as well as local agency, these iron buildings struck a balance between pre-fabricated functionalism and a desire to convey beauty, value and often exoticism through ornament. Finally, 'Transformations' looks at the place of the aesthetics of iron architecture in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, a period in which iron ornament sought to harmonize wide social ambitions while offering the ****** possibility that iron architecture as a whole could transform the fundamental meanings of ornament. Taken together, these chapters call for a re-evaluation of modernism’s supposedly rationalist interest in nineteenth-century iron structures, one that has potentially radical implications for the recent ornamental turn in contemporary architecture.
Number of Pages: 295
Genre: Architecture, Art
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: July 12, 2016
TCIN: 51370358
UPC: 9781472430007
Item Number (DPCI): 248-19-7292
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$149.95

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