Joze Plecnik : architect : 1872-1957 edited by Francois Burkhardt, Claude Eveno and Boris Podrecca ; translated by Carol Volk
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1989. Hardcover. 204 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Joze Plecnik, Architect: 1872—1957 edited by Francois Burkhardt, Claude Eveno, and Boris Podrecca translated by Carol Volk
The Yugoslavian architect Joie Pleönik followed what he believed to be a coherent language of architecture in trying to "build a better world through architecture." He cannot be classified in terms of any of the movements—modernism, classicism, secessionism, eclecticism, regionalism, and the like—that characterize the turbulent aesthetic tendencies of this century. Instead, as these essays by leading European scholars and the 300 accompanying illustrations of his work show, Pleönik's long career offers an invaluable example of the richness and diversity of early modern architecture.
This book covers every aspect of Pleönik's career, from his days as a pupil of Otto Wagner through his days as a professor, as a practicing architect in Vienna and Prague, and as a town planner in Ljubljana. The essays range from descriptions of Pleönik's work to theory and analysis to a discussion of why his work is considered a precursor of postmodernism. They afford rare glimpses into the Czech cubist movement and into Eastern European architecture. Plednik designed several buildings of note in Vienna (where his Church of the Holy Spirit pioneered the use of reinforced concrete in monumental architecture) and was a member of the avant-garde that included Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, and others affiliated with the Vienna Academy. In 1920 he returned to Yugoslavia, where he became head of the architecture department at the newly created university of Ljubljana. Pleönik's architecture reflects his origins in the craft tradition, his interest in the vernacular imagery of Slovenia, and his fondness for the rusticated forms of the Mediterranean village. This regional expression, filtered through his Viennese training, gave his work a unique vocabulary of profiles, moldings, and details that could be used in the design of a cornice or the design of a city.
Francois Burkhardt is Architectural Curator of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
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