No place like utopia : modern architecture and the company we keptLanguage : EnglishNew York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, 1993347 orrialde : zuri-beltzeko argazkiak ; 23 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeISBN : 0-393-31503-7.Architecture and society -- Social aspectsPeter Blake (Wikipedia de)
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For more than half a century, Peter Blake has lived in the mainstream of contemporary architecture and art. As writer, magazine editor, critic, and practicing architect, he has numbered among his friends and acquaintances (and occasionally critics) virtually all of the major figures of modern architecture, and a good many famous artists as well. In this crisp and lively memoir, he brings them -and the time he shared with them- vividly and memorably to life.
But "No Place Like Utopia" also has a deeper theme: how modern architecture, born and raised between the wars and after with a strong sense of social and political idealism, gradually fell back in the 1960s into its ancient role as an elitist pursuit dedicated to flattering the rich and powerful. Only now, as Blake makes clear, can we see the beginnings of a return to its original principles.
From the push-and-pull of politics to heady days in the magazine business, Blake has always been energetically involved with his art and his era. "No Place Like Utopia" is thus doubly valuable, as a wonderfully readable historical and personal document and a pungent commentary on where modern architecture went wrong and right.