Adam Sharr is Professor of Architecture, and Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, at Newcastle University, UK. He is also Editor in Chief of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press), Series Editor of Thinkers for Architects (Routledge) and Principal of Adam Sharr Architects. He is the author or editor of seven books about architecture.
The great strength of Adam Sharr's book is that it relates modern architecture to wider cultural, philosophical, and technological trends. It is also written in a very accessible style and, despite its brevity, covers a wide territory. * Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro Vice-Chancellor University of the Arts London * Adam Sharr has succeeded in making modern architecture modern again, with this refreshing and original account of the technological revolutions and individual designers that shaped our world from the 1850s to the 1970s. Rather than concentrate on questions and debates over style and ideology, or follow the self-promotional versions of the architects themselves, he has preferred to go to the root of the revolution: the technologies and their innovative utilization. This little book will have an effect far beyond its size, providing more than an introduction for students and the public, and for architects themselves a salutary set of careful worked case studies, from Miess IIT Campus to Rogers and Pianos Centre Pompidou. * Anthony Vidler, Professor of Architecture, The Cooper Union *