The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical Scientific Management and the Rise of Modernist Architecture / Mauro F. Guillen.

Guillen, Mauro F. [Browse]
  • Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2009.
  • ©2009.
1 online resource : 49 halftones. 2 line illus. 17 tables.


Princeton studies in cultural sociology
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The dream of scientific management was a rationalized machine world where life would approach the perfection of an assembly line. But since its early twentieth-century peak this dream has come to seem a dehumanizing nightmare. Henry Ford's assembly lines turned out a quarter of a million cars in 1914, but all of them were black. Forgotten has been the unparalleled new aesthetic beauty once seen in the ideas of Ford and scientific management pioneer Frederick Winslow Taylor. In The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical, Mauro Guillen recovers this history and retells the story of the emergence of modernist architecture as a romance with the ideas of scientific management--one that permanently reshaped the profession of architecture. Modernist architecture's pioneers, Guillen shows, found in scientific management the promise of a new, functional, machine-like--and beautiful--architecture, and the prospect of a new role for the architect as technical professional and social reformer. Taylor and Ford had a signal influence on Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and on Le Corbusier and his Towards a New Architecture, the most important manifesto of modernist architecture. Architects were so enamored with the ideas of scientific management that they adopted them even when there was no functional advantage to do so.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [159]-178) and index.
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In English.
Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Plates -- List of Tables and Figures -- Preface -- Chapter One. Organization, Modernism, and Architecture -- Chapter Two. The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical -- Chapter Three. What Caused Modernist Architecture? -- Chapter Four. Industrialization, Technology, and the State: Britain, France, Germany -- Chapter Five. Backwardness and Revolution: Italy, Russia, Spain -- Chapter Six. Modernism without Modernity: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina -- Chapter Seven. Sponsorship, Professionalization, and Modernist Architecture -- Chapter Eight. The Enduring Promise of Modernist Architecture -- Appendix. Leading Architects -- Illustration Credits for Plates -- References -- Index -- A Note about the Type
  • 1223026104
  • 1273306792
  • 10.1515/9780691221533
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