Description - The Historiography of Modern Architecture by Panayotis Tournikiotis
Literature, according to Panayotis Tournikiotis, has always exerted a powerful influence on architecture. The "historiography" of the title refers to the writing of history, Tournikiotis argues that the history of modern architecture tends to be written from the present, projecting back onto the past our current concerns, so that the "beginning" of the story really functions as a "representation" of its end. Tournikiotis focuses on a group of books by historians of the 20th century: Nikolaus Pevsner, Emil Kaufmann, Siegfried Giedion, Bruno Zevi, Leonardo Benevolo, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Reyner Banham, Peter Collins and Manfredo Tafuri. In examining these writers' thoughts, he draws on concepts from critical theory, relating architecture to broader historical models.
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Panayotis Tournikiotis is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens.