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By Luis E. Carranza

ISBN-10: 029279309X

ISBN-13: 9780292793095

The interval following the Mexican Revolution was once characterised through extraordinary inventive experimentation. looking to exhibit the revolution's heterogeneous social and political goals, which have been in a continuing kingdom of redefinition, architects, artists, writers, and intellectuals created particular, occasionally idiosyncratic theories and works.

Luis E. Carranza examines the interdependence of recent structure in Mexico and the urgent sociopolitical and ideological problems with this era, in addition to the interchanges among post-revolutionary architects and the literary, philosophical, and inventive avant-gardes. Organizing his publication round chronological case reviews that express how architectural idea and construction mirrored quite a few understandings of the revolution's value, Carranza specializes in structure and its courting to the philosophical and pedagogic specifications of the muralist circulation, the improvement of the avant-garde in Mexico and its notions of the Mexican urban, using pre-Hispanic architectural varieties to deal with indigenous peoples, the improvement of a socially orientated architectural functionalism, and the monumentalization of the revolution itself. moreover, the publication additionally covers vital architects and artists who've been marginally mentioned inside architectural and paintings historiography.

Richly illustrated, structure as Revolution is among the first books in English to provide a social and cultural historical past of early twentieth-century Mexican structure.

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No longer esoteric or the object of a privileged few, science would be the tool to tame and inhabit the powerful South American landscape. Conquering these lands and climates would yield great changes in all aspects of life: [A]rchitecture will abandon its cross-vaults, the vault, and in general, the ceiling that responds to the need for seeking shelter; the pyramid will develop again; colonnades will be erected in useless and ostentatious displays of beauty and perhaps constructions in the shape of spirals because the new aesthetic will try to mold itself to the endless curve of the spiral, which represents the free will and the triumph of Being in the conquest of the infinite.

Art provides (after Kant) the possibility of other forms of disinterested experiences; that is, independent of any utilitarian finality. Vasconcelos interpreted this mode of experience as an essential way of communicating with the world, free from sensibility and idea yet linked to the Pythagorean sense of rhythm and therefore to aesthetic experience. In other words, the subject who experiences objects in a disinterested way, Vasconcelos believed, relates to other subjects in the same way, engendering new human relations based on unrequited acts of kindness.

The landscape, full of colors and rhythms, will communicate its richness to emotion. Reality will be like fantasy. The aesthetics of the clouded and gray [northern countries] will be seen as a sickly art of the past. 57 The tropics would become the seat of this new race. Its center, in the Amazon region, would be called Universópolis. 58 For Vasconcelos, the opposite of Universópolis was “Anglotown,” which he defined as a metropolis. Spengler used the term “metropolis” to define the material, architectural expression of a civilization at its peak and, therefore, on its way into decline.

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