Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861892508 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Finland

Modern Architectures in History

Roger Connah

Finland
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Roger Connah

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280 pages | 180 halftones | 6-1/2 x 8-2/3 | © 2005
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861892508 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Buildings speak volumes, not just about their occupants or owners, but about the countries in which they exist. From colonnades to paving stones, the architecture of any building does more than simply date the structure—it celebrates the spirit of a people and a nation.

Roger Connah's latest book, Finland, explores the culture and democratic spirit of a country whose buildings carry the indelible markings of Finland's political and physical climate. Nearly all of the country's buildings were constructed after 1917, when Finland gained its independence from Russia. The resulting architecture—often springing from hugely popular public competitions—is emphatically democratic in structure and usage. Finland's extreme northern latitudes, for their part, have given rise to buildings with an acute sensitivity to the physical environment and to the delicate interplay of light and shadow.

From museums to schools to subsidized housing developments, Connah's Finland is an important survey of the country's architecture. Fully illustrated and with detailed examinations of many of the Finnish master architects—including Alvar Aalto—it is also a valuable contribution to the studies of modern architecture and Nordic history.
Norman Weinstein | Architectural Record

"In Finland, Roger Connah assumes the architectural historian's most arduous challenge: He examines a sweeping panorama of a nation's cultural and political currents and shows how these helped shape architectural creativity. The broadly erudite Connah details the complex and often-paradoxical struggles faced by generations of architects whose designs mirrored a shifting sense of Finnish identity. . . . Nearly 200 small but sharply focused halftones invite further investigation of modern Finnish architecture, an invitation amplified by the author's lyrical prose."

Journal of Scandinavian Studies

"Finland is the necessary critical examination of the evolution of modernism in Finnish architecture with its essential role in shaping national identity. Connah’s systematic interweaving of the political, social, cultural, and artistic milieux transforms the narrative into an engaging journey over Finland’s twentieth-century architectural landscape and its emergence as a modern nation."

Architecture Today
"This is not only of interest to the specialist in Finnish esoterica; the broadness of its sweep, mix of materials and historical narrative structure give it pace."
RIBA Journal
"Introduces some less familiar players. . . . fascinating. . . . A historical, cultural narrative rather than a glossy guide to the aesthetics of modernism."
Gareth Griffiths | ark: The Finnish Architectural Review
"For a comparatively small book, Connah does an exemplary job."
Norman Weinstein | Architectural Record
"The broadly erudite Connah details the complex and often-paradoxical struggles faced by generations of architects whose designs mirrored a shifting sense of Finnish identity. . . . Nearly 200 small but sharply focused halftones invite further investigation of modern Finnish architecture, an invitation amplified by the author's lyrical prose."
Contents
Introduction:  Modern Architecture and the Shape of History
 
1.  Pioneering Finnish Modernism
2.  Independence:  Rehearsals for Modernism
3.  White Functionalism:  The Modern Agenda
4.  War:  Standardization and Solidarity
5.  Expressive Modernism:  The Banquet Years
6.  Fellow Travelling:  Militancy, Mies, and Constructivism
7.  Deconstruction and Reconstruction
8.  Late Modernism, Critical Humanism
 
Epilogue:  History and the Shape of Modernism
 
References
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
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