Romantic Modernism

Nostalgia in the World of Conservation

Wim Denslagen

Romantic Modernism
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Wim Denslagen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

261 pages | 64 halftones | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789089641038 Published February 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

In the world of architectural conservation, there is little tolerance for reconstructing or even protecting historic facades when everything behind is modern, and even less for reconstructing a building that has been completely destroyed. These offenses are considered lies against history. In this thoughtful, revealing work, conservation expert Wim Denslagen traces this predilection for honesty to the legacy of Functionalism, a Romantic-era movement that denounced the building of pseudo-architecture in favor of a new, rational form of building. With detailed analyses of headline-making restoration projects from Bruges to Berlin, Denslagen shows that the adoption of these romantic values by conservationists gave rise to a new wave of modern additions and transformations.



Sentimentality and the City
The Rectangular Sickness
Romantic Modernists
Self-seeking Romantics
Bad-mannered Buildings
The Revival Styles and Time Regained
Nostalgia and Imitation


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