Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture


Reto Geiser
Giedion and America
Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture



2018. 17,3 x 24,8 cm, half cloth, thread weave
463 pages, 234 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-85676-377-5
89.00 CHF / 78.00 EUR
English

Designed by Büro 146, Zurich

Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968), one of the main protagonists of the architectural avant-garde in Europe, paradoxically achieved this reputation far from his homeland— in America. Nearly all of Giedion’s books written after his initial stay at Harvard University were published in English long before they became available in his native German. Reto Geiser sheds new light on Giedion’s life and reassesses his work through the lens of cultural transformation and modernization processes. The author questions the unbroken line of developments portrayed in the historiography of modern architecture, and argues that Giedion’s position in between two cultural spheres not only caused ruptures and contradictions in his work but also productively shaped its reception on either side of the Atlantic.

Reto Geiser (*1976) is an architect and architectural historian with a focus on the interfaces between architecture, education and media. Since 2011 he has been teaching and researching as Gus Wortham Assistant Professor at the Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, Texas.

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