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Symbolic Space: French Enlightenment Architecture and Its Legacy

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Richard A. Etlin explores the social and cultural hierarchies established in eighteenth-century France to illustrate how the conceptual basis of the modern house and the physical layout of the modern city emerged from debates among theoretically innovative French architects of the eighteenth-century. Examining a broad range of topics from architecture and urbanism to gardening and funerary monuments, he shows how the work of these architects was informed by considerations of symbolic space.

For Etlin, the eighteenth-century city was a place in which actual physical space was subjected to a complex mental layering of conceptual spaces. He focuses on the design theory of Boullandeacute;e and Durand and charts their legacy through the architecture of Paul Philippe Cret, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn. He defines the distinctive features of neoclassicism and outlines the new grammar for classical architecture articulated by theorists and architects such as Laugier, Leroy, and Ledoux.

After discussing the eighteenth-century handocirc;tel, revolutionary space, and the transformation of the image of the cemetery, Etlin examines the space of absence as embodied in commemorative architecture from Boullandeacute;e and Gilly to Cret, Wright, and Terragni. His book provides an accessible introduction to a century of architecture that transformed the classical forms of the Renaissance and Baroque periods into building types still familiar today.

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Etlin (architectural history, U. of Maryland) demonstrates how the conceptual basis of the modern house and the physical layout of the modern city emerged from debates among theoretically innovative French architects of the 18th century. He explores the principal components of design theory articulated by Boullee and Durand and charts their legacy through the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn. He discusses the transformation of the image of the cemetery and the emergence of landscape gardening. Includes b&w illustrations.
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Etlin explores the social and cultural hierarchies established in eighteenth-century France to illustrate how the conceptual basis of the modern house and the physical layout of the modern city emerged from debates among theoretically innovative French architects of the eighteenth-century.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-222) and index.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Illustration Credits

Preface

Acknowledgments

1: Paris: The Image of the City

2: Revolutionary Space

3: Character and Design Method

4: The Neoclassical Interlude

5: The System of the Home

6: Landscapes of Eternity

7: The Space of Absence

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226220840
Author:
Etlin, Richard A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Architecture, modern
Subject:
Neoclassicism (Architecture)
Subject:
Symbolism in architecture
Subject:
Neoclassicism (Architecture) -- Influence.
Subject:
Symbolism in architecture -- France.
Subject:
Neoclassicism
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Neoclassicism (Architecture) -- France.
Subject:
Architecture -- France -- History.
Subject:
Architecture -- Europe.
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
19950231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
112 halftones
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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