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Martin Pawley

20th Century Architecture, a readers guide

Plenty of books have been written about Architecture. 20th Century Architecture, a reader's guide isn't just another one, rather it is a book about such books. Martin Pawley certainly knows his stuff - he has a wide knowledge of the subject and so is able to bring new views to bear on the books he is reviewing. He is probably at his best when reviewing biographies of famous architects - if there are several of the same person then it gives a view of that person from every angle.

There is quite a bit on Nazi architecture, and how it should be judged - probably more interesting to those who remember the 2nd world war, less so for those of use born afterwards. I was looking for information on Postmodernist architechture, but Pawley's view seems to be that it is more of a lack of new buildings due to the severe cutbacks in central spending in the 1970's. Overall there is plenty of interest in this book. One might think that it would be only for those planning to read the books reviewed, but I felt that it would be useful reading for anyone wanting a wide ranging overview of architechural ideas in a compact book.

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Hardcover 204 pages  
ISBN: 0750646357
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Published: 2000 Architectural Press
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Hardcover 204 pages  
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Published: 1999 Architectural Press
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In his famously controversial style - Martin Pawley reviews a selection of books on the architecture of the 20th century. Books that we should have read, and indeed would have read - if only we'd had the time. Pawley digests and critiques them for us with an agility that has kept the readers of his newspaper and magazine columns provoked and amused for several decades. He provides us with both ammunition and armour - encouraging us to fight off the soporific PR-led commentary of today and to rekindle the passion of the architectural debate.

Martin Pawley is an award-winning writer. He has written many books on architecture for UK and US based publishers and writes a regular column for national and international architectural magazines. Throughout his career he has reviewed books for The Guardian, The Observer, The London Review of Books, The Architects' Journal, Design Book Review, Blueprint, Architectural Design, Building, World Architecture, Architecture Review, Designer and The RIBA Journal many of which are published here.


*Gain knowledge on all the major books on 20th century architecture, by reading just one

*Hear the opinions of Pawley, and learn about the debates, on the development of architectural theory in the 20th century

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