Richman, Robert
May 1952
New Republic;5/12/52, Vol. 126 Issue 19, p22
This article focuses on the book "Forms and Functions of Twentieth Century Architecture," edited by Talbot Hamlin. A civilization has, reached a high plateau in its culture when its architecture achieves an original and distinguished style; and it is at this stage that the critics and philosophers of the age should see the architecture as a whole and engage in an objective criticism of it. This work is not supposed to be "a museum of modern architecture"; it does nevertheless, attempt to be a "theory book." In its discussion of the use and theory of new materials and new methods of construction it is more valid than it is in the analysis of the way architecture of the past can be integrated into the new architecture.


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