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By Luis E. Carranza

ISBN-10: 0292721951

ISBN-13: 9780292721951

The interval following the Mexican Revolution used to be characterised by means of extraordinary creative experimentation. trying to convey the revolution's heterogeneous social and political goals, which have been in a continuing country of redefinition, architects, artists, writers, and intellectuals created designated, occasionally idiosyncratic theories and works.

Luis E. Carranza examines the interdependence of recent structure in Mexico and the urgent sociopolitical and ideological problems with this era, in addition to the interchanges among post-revolutionary architects and the literary, philosophical, and creative avant-gardes. Organizing his booklet round chronological case stories that express how architectural idea and creation mirrored a number of understandings of the revolution's importance, Carranza makes a speciality of structure and its courting to the philosophical and pedagogic standards of the muralist circulation, the advance of the avant-garde in Mexico and its notions of the Mexican urban, using pre-Hispanic architectural types to handle indigenous peoples, the advance of a socially orientated architectural functionalism, and the monumentalization of the revolution itself. furthermore, the e-book additionally covers very important architects and artists who've been marginally mentioned inside architectural and artwork historiography.

Richly illustrated, Architecture as Revolution is among the first books in English to offer a social and cultural historical past of early twentieth-century Mexican architecture.

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Spengler used the term “metropolis” to define the material, architectural expression of a civilization at its peak and, therefore, on its way into decline. From Anglotown, colonizing troops were to be dispatched to conquer the world and eliminate rival races. 59 In Universópolis, on the other hand, everyone would be equal. Its culture would be founded on free will and the metaphysical and mystical qualities of the arts, which Vasconcelos considered superior powers (potencias superiores). At this point in Vasconcelos’ discourse, the law of the three states reappears to validate the aesthetic program of Latin American culture in its shift from the material to the spiritual realm.

The presentday definition of nationality owes its intimate structure to this myth. 1) and its archi- ro ger bart r a , t h e tectural and artistic program. For Vasconcelos, aesthetics needed to be placed at the c age o f me la ncho ly service of social needs. Education would proceed through aesthetic models. These, in turn, became part of the architectural and artistic program of the building itself, which housed the newly reformed Department of Education and stood as a testament to the ideas of Vasconcelos, its first minister.

44 The reliance on this distinction cannot be separated from Vasconcelos’ opposition to pragmatism and reification. 45 The phenomena Spengler described as paradigmatic of the decline of western European hegemony become, dialectically, positive Latin American traits: civilization in the West was countered by the cultures of Latin America. Culture, according to Spengler, is rooted and given depth in the place it was created. At the moment the perception of place turns reflective, culture becomes civilization.

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