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Latin American Architecture since 1945 by Henry Russell Hitchcock

Latin American Architecture since 1945 by Henry Russell Hitchcock


New York : Museum of Modern Art, 1955. Hardcover. 203 pages ; b/w photographs ; 25 cm. $6.50 dust jacket with minimal wear. Owner name on flyleaf. Musty odor to pages. No markings in book. Binding is firm.


In the last decade Latin America has been the scene of one of the greatest building booms in history. The Museum of Modern Art, under its International Exhibitions Program, sent Henry-Russell Hitchcock, America's leading historian of modern architecture, to survey this remarkable achievement and to report on the most significant buildings he found there. This volume, the result of that trip, presents forty-six buildings by a score of architects in ten countries and Puerto Rico.

Latin American architecture excels in quantity and quality when compared to post-war construction in Europe, and rivals the best architecture in the United States. At least ten architects in the Latin American group have produced work of such distinguished individual quality that their names deserve to be as well known as those of their contemporaries in the States.

Of particular interest are the University Cities and public housing projects, extensive in scope and brilliant in design.

In his lucidly written text Mr. Hitchcock relates the present day achievement in Latin America to the historical background, climatic factors, and the availability of building materials. Many large photographs with descriptive captions are included.

Modern architecture in Latin America has in this decade come of age and this major flowering has much to contribute to the rest of the world.

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