Composed of ten essays and an epilogue that trace the history of contemporary form as an evolving poetic of structure and construction, the book's analytical framework rests on Frampton's close readings of key French and German, and English sources from the eighteenth century to the present.
Renowned architectural critic and historian Frampton (architecture, Columbia U.) challenges the current postmodern infatuation with style and preoccupations with space and form, with an account of design that pivots on construction form and material character as the center of the building craft. He reviews the work of such architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Auguste Perret, Mies van der Rohe, and Carlo Scarpa, and shows how each expressed the principles known since the 18th century as tectonic. Extensively illustrated with black-and-white drawings and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)