Ornament is Crime

Modernist Architecture
Author: Albert Hill,Matt Gibberd
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714874166
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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An unprecedented homage to modernist architecture from the 1920s up to the present day Ornament Is Crime is a celebration and a thought-provoking reappraisal of modernist architecture. The book proposes that modernism need no longer be confined by traditional definitions, and can be seen in both the iconic works of the modernist canon by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, as well as in the work of some of the best contemporary architects of the twenty-first century. This book is a visual manifesto and a celebration of the most important architectural movement in modern history.

Ornament and Crime

Selected Essays
Author: Adolf Loos,Adolf Opel
Publisher: Ariadne Press (CA)
ISBN: 9781572410466
Category: Art
Page: 204
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Contains thirty-six original essays by the celebrated Viennese architect, Adolf Loos (1870-1933). Most deal with questions of design in a wide range of areas, from architecture and furniture, to clothes and jewellery, pottery, plumbing, and printing; others are polemics on craft education and training, and on design in general. Loos, the great cultural reformer and moralist in the history of European architecture and design was always a 'revolutionary against the revolutionaries'. With his assault on Viennese arts and crafts and his conflict with bourgeois morality, he managed to offend the whole country. His 1908 essay 'Ornament and Crime', mocked by an age in love with its accessories, has come to be recognised as a seminal work in combating the aesthetic imperialism of the turn of the century. Today Loos is recognised as one of the great masters of modern architecture.

Ornament and European Modernism

From Art Practice to Art History
Author: Loretta Vandi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351668587
Category: Art
Page: 198
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These in-depth, historical, and critical essays study the meaning of ornament, the role it played in the formation of modernism, and its theoretical importance between the mid-nineteenth century and the late twentieth century in England and Germany. Ranging from Owen Jones to Ernst Gombrich through Gottfried Semper, Alois Riegl, August Schmarsow, Wilhelm Worringer, Adolf Loos, Henry van de Velde, and Hermann Muthesius, the contributors show how artistic theories are deeply related to the art practice of their own times, and how ornament is imbued with historical and social meaning.

The Modern House

Author: Jonathan Bell
Publisher: Artifice
ISBN: 9781908967725
Page: 160
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With images of yet to be seen interiors and restorations, The Modern House illuminates the convergent characteristics of functionalism, truth to materials, flowing space and natur al light within the Modern home as a space for living.These specially British Modernisms include such progressive experiments on communal urban living as London' s Isokon Building, completed in 1934 by eminent architect Wells Coates, and Berthold Lubetkin's High Point - also built in the 1930s in London - which is today considered one of the most prominent examples of the early International Style.Compared with these urban enor mities are private houses, such as the Laslett House in Cambr idge, originally built for the professor Peter Laslett in 1958 by the architect Trevor Dannatt, or the Winter House, designed by John W inter as his own residence.Including an extended introductory essay by acclaimed architectural journalist Jonathan Bell, former architecture editor for Wallpaper and contributing editor at Blueprint, The Modern House is in part the narrative of how some of the most important examples of Moder n houses were commissioned and built in the UK. Features those designed by renowned architect Carl Turner, responsible for the low energy Slip House, a cantile vered sculptural abode of translucent glass, steel and concrete which was awarded the RIBA Manser Medal for thebest house in the UK in 2013.

This Brutal World

Author: N.A
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714871080
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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A curated collection of some of the most powerful and awe-inspiring Brutalist architecture ever built This Brutal World is a global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. It brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world. It includes works by some of the best contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield as well as by some of the master architects of the 20th century including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.

Histories of Ornament

From Global to Local
Author: Gülru Necipoğlu,Alina Payne
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0691167281
Page: N.A
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Design and Crime

(and Other Diatribes)
Author: Hal Foster
Publisher: Verso Trade
ISBN: 1844676706
Category: Art
Page: 176
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Adolf Loos

The Art of Architecture
Author: Joseph Masheck
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857733214
Category: Architecture
Page: 320
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Widely regarded as one of the most significant prophets of modern architecture, Adolf Loos was a star in his own time. His work was emblematic of the turn-of-the-century generation that was torn between the traditional culture of the nineteenth century and the innovative modernism of the twentieth. His essay ‘Ornament and Crime’ equated superfluous ornament and ‘decorative arts’ with underclass tattooing in an attempt to tell modern Europeans that they should know better. But the negation of ornament was supposed to reveal, not negate, good style; and an incorrigible ironist has been taken too literally in denying architecture as a fine art. Without normalizing his edgy radicality, Masheck argues that Loos’s masterful “astylistic architecture” was an appreciation of tradition and utility and not, as most architectural historians have argued, a mere repudiation of the florid style of the Vienna Secession. Masheck has reads Loos as a witty, ironic rhetorician who has all too often been taken at face value. Far from being the anti-architect of the modern era, Masheck’s Loos is ‘an unruly yet integrally canonical artist-architect’. He believed in culture, comfort, intimacy and privacy and advocated the evolution of artful architecture. This is a brilliantly written revisionist reading of a perennially popular architect.

The architecture of R.M. Schindler

Author: Rudolph M. Schindler,Elizabeth A. T. Smith,Michael Darling,Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.),National Building Museum (U.S.),Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Category: Architecture
Page: 284
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The most comprehensive volume on one of the most innovative architects of the 20th-century. Contains many never-published drawings & photographs. -- Tie-in with Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity
Author: Antoine Picon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111858824X
Category: Architecture
Page: 168
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Once condemned by Modernism and compared to a ‘crime’ by Adolf Loos, ornament has made a spectacular return in contemporary architecture. This is typified by the works of well-known architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Sauerbruch Hutton, Farshid Moussavi Architecture and OMA. There is no doubt that these new ornamental tendencies are inseparable from innovations in computer technology. The proliferation of developments in design software has enabled architects to experiment afresh with texture, colour, pattern and topology. Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the ‘subjective’ – the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception – and the political. Contrary to the message conveyed by the founding fathers of modern architecture, traditional ornament was not meant only for pleasure. It conveyed vital information about the designation of buildings as well as about the rank of their owners. As such, it participated in the expression of social values, hierarchies and order. By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in today’s ornamental revival. What does it tell us about present-day culture? Why are we presently so fearful of meaning in architecture? Could it be that by steering so vehemently away from symbolism, contemporary architecture is evading any explicit contribution to collective values?

Ornament and Order

Graffiti, Street Art and the Parergon
Author: Dr Rafael Schacter
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472410009
Category: Architecture
Page: 314
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Over the last forty years, graffiti and street-art have become a global phenomenon within the visual arts. Whilst they have increasingly been taken seriously by the art establishment (or perhaps the art market), their academic and popular examination still remains within old debates which argue over whether these acts are vandalism or art, and which examine the role of graffiti in gang culture and in terms of visual pollution. Based on an in-depth ethnographic study working with some of the world’s most influential Independent Public Artists, this book takes a completely new approach. Placing these illicit aesthetic practices within a broader historical, political, and aesthetic context, it argues that they are in fact both intrinsically ornamental (working within a classic architectonic framework), as well as innately ordered (within a highly ritualized, performative structure). Rather than disharmonic, destructive forms, rather than ones solely working within the dynamics of the market, these insurgent images are seen to reface rather than deface the city, operating within a modality of contemporary civic ritual. The book is divided into two main sections, Ornament and Order. Ornament focuses upon the physical artifacts themselves, the various meanings these public artists ascribe to their images as well as the tensions and communicative schemata emerging out of their material form. Using two very different understandings of political action, it places these illicit icons within the wider theoretical debate over the public sphere that they materially re-present. Order is focused more closely on the ephemeral trace of these spatial acts, the explicitly performative, practice-based elements of their aesthetic production. Exploring thematics such as carnival and play, risk and creativity, it tracks how the very residue of this cultural production structures and shapes the socio-ethico guidelines of these artists’ lifeworlds.


Author: Snarkitecture
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714876061
Category: Architecture
Page: 256
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The first monograph on Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative and innovative design studio with an introduction by Maria Cristina Didero Fast becoming one of the world's most sought-after studios, Snarkitecture has designed installations, architecture, products, and furniture for a diverse range of clients including COS, Kith, Calvin Klein, the New Museum, Kartell, and Beats by Dr. Dre. This book presents more than 70 of their projects and investigates how its founders, artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, work at the interface between their disciplines to come up with some of the most beguiling and fascinating designs seen in recent years.

On Loos, Ornament and Crime

Columns of Smoke:
Author: Juan Jos Lahuerta
Publisher: Editorial Tenov
ISBN: 9788493923150
Category: Architecture
Page: 112
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In his Columns of Smoke series, Juan José Lahuerta takes on the enormously ambitious task of re-reading modernity, offering us fresh ways of looking at it while drawing new links between the ideas of architecture and ornamentation, with a special focus on how they have been treated in print. While the first volume of Columns of Smoke considered epoch-making architect Adolf Loos's relationship with photography, here Lahuerta turns to the Classical strand in Loos's architecture and to his written work—and specifically his engagement with architectural and artistic theory. Lahuerta pays particular attention to Loos's seminal “Ornament and Crime,” the essay that established disornamentation as the signal feature of twentieth-century architecture. Through close analysis of that essay he unearths the racially charged, pseudoscientific ideas from early anthropology that underpin Loos's thinking. Sure to be controversial, this new reading of Loos's landmark writings calls the whole disornamentation project into question, and in the process, it reveals a radically new perspective on a major turn in modern design and culture.

Brazil's Modern Architecture

Author: Elisabetta Andreoli,Adrian Forty
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714848457
Category: Architecture
Page: 240
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Now available in paperback, this book is the most comprehensive survey and analysis of Brazilian modern architecture to date, written by a young generation of Brazilian architects and historians for an international audience. Examining the works from the 'inside', and with different critical perspectives, they offer new and compelling readings of the country's architecture. Discussing the works of Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, as well as those by less known but equally respected architects such as Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Vilanova Artigas and Jorge Machado Moreira, they show how modernist ideals were incorporated into a country with a legacy of contrasts and contradictions.

Introducing Architectural Theory

Debating a Discipline
Author: Korydon Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136190295
Category: Architecture
Page: 448
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This is the most accessible architectural theory book that exists. Korydon Smith presents each common architectural subject – such as tectonics, use, and site – as though it were a conversation across history between theorists by providing you with the original text, a reflective text, and a philosophical text. He also introduces each chapter by highlighting key ideas and asking you a set of reflective questions so that you can hone your own theory, which is essential to both your success in the studio and your adaptability in the profession. These primary source texts, which are central to your understanding of the discipline, were written by such architects as Le Corbusier, Robert Venturi, and Adrian Forty. The appendices also have guides to aid your reading comprehension; to help you write descriptively, analytically, and disputationally; and to show you citation styles and how to do library-based research. More than any other architectural theory book about the great thinkers, Introducing Architectural Theory teaches you to think as well.

Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-century Architecture

Author: Ulrich Conrads
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262530309
Category: Architecture
Page: 192
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Nearly every important development in the modern architectural movement began with the proclamation of its convictions in the form of a program or manifesto; the most influential of these are collected here in chronological order from 1903 to 1963.

A Crime So Monstrous

Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery
Author: E. Benjamin Skinner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743290089
Category: History
Page: 330
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An exposâe of the modern slave trade in more than a dozen countries worldwide describes the illicit brothels, slave quarries, and child markets of the world's human trafficking networks, while also documenting the current state of abolitionist efforts.

The Red Thread

Nordic Design
Author: Oak Publishing
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714873473
Category: Design
Page: 288
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An elegant exploration of the hugely influential simplicity, beauty, and functionality of Nordic design - timeless, yet on trend From literature to food, lifestyle to fashion, cinema to architecture, Nordic influence is evident throughout contemporary culture. The Red Thread: Nordic Design celebrates this deep-rooted aesthetic, showcasing the diversity of design from Scandinavia and Finland via more than 200 objects - from everyday items to exquisitely produced decorative glassware, and from traditional handmade textiles to mass-produced products found in homes across the globe. The title is taken from a metaphor, common in the Nordic countries, of a shared and highlighted characteristic (like a long connecting thread in woven material), that runs through and connects themes, ideas, stories, and, in this case, design.

Yinka Shonibare

Criminal Ornamentation
Author: Yinka Shonibare
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781853323607
Category: Art
Page: 80
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Criminal Ornamentation is a Hayward Touring / Arts Council Collection group exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE.Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE is renowned for his eye-popping use of colour and pattern in works that play with ideas of cultural appropriation. Shonibare has long been interested in exploring art historical and postcolonial themes whilst pushing the boundaries of accepted 'good taste'.This publication offers a unique insight into Shonibare's world-view. Provocatively riffing on Adolf Loos's highly influential anti-decoration lecture, Ornament and Crime the artist selects works from the Arts Council Collection and other major collections that surprise us, dazzle us, and make us think. Ranging from sculpture and painting to fashion and design, these works tell a story of objects that refuse to be confined.With an introduction by Shonibare, a contextual essay by writer and curator Michelle Kuo and short texts on Textiles, Craft, Nature and Pattern, this publication offers a bold new perspective on how we look at art.Artists featured in the show include the Boyle Family, Susan Derges, Alexander McQueen, Bridget Riley, and Bedwyr Williams, among others.Published alongside a touring show at Attenborough Arts, Leicester (21 September - 16 December 2018); RAMM, Exeter (19 January - 16 March 2019); Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (5 April - 16 June 2019); Southampton Art Gallery (27 June - 28 September 2019).