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Monumentality in the Age of the Multitude

The Architecture of Robert Levit


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  • Alvaro Siza, Kenneth Frampton and Preston Scott Cohen
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Monumentality in the Age of the Multitude

The Architecture of Robert Levit

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  • Essay by Alvaro Siza, Kenneth Frampton and Preston Scott Cohen
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  • Size: 10” x 7”
  • Format: Landscape
  • Pages: 160
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Photographs: 120 color / 60 bw renderings
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  • Since the post-World War II years, the questions of monumentality and collective form have vexed architects. Members of CIAM, faced with the crisis of rebuilding European cities found it difficult to overcome an architectural ethos suspicious of the very monu- mental forms they sought to replace. They preferred speaking of frameworks for action rather than the actual forms of the city or architecture. Likewise today, questions of performance, ecology, and a genre of technical determinism displace more direct ap- proaches to the taboo question of monumentality. Robert Levit addresses this ques- tion in a series of award-winning projects that provocatively negotiate the architectural ambitions of contemporary institutions. This book presents the work as a springboard and thematic link for a collection of essays that probe the question of monumentality, from a variety of critical perspectives in the context of contemporary social life.
  • Contributors Biographies

  • Robert Levit is the director of the Master of Urban Design Program at the University of Toronto. His design work spans from the architectural to urban scale and has won numerous international competitions and awards including his project for the Coptic Canadian Village Competition here in Toronto. His writings on architecture and the city have been published widely. Before joining the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in 2002 Professor Levit held positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard University.

    Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, New York. He has taught internationally, including at ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the Royal College of Art in London and, most recently, the Architecture Academy of the Swiss-Italian University, Mendrisio, Switzerland. He has written many essays and books on twentieth-century architecture, including Modern Architecture: A Critical History (first published 1980: revised 1985 and 1992) and Studies in Tectonic Culture (1997).

    Alvaro Siza is a world renowned architect. Since the 1950s he has built and taught ex- tensively, both in Portugal and internationally. Siza has received critical acclaim for a range of works including: the Boa Nova Tea House and Restaurant, Matosinhos (1958-63); the Borges & Irmão Bank, Vila do Conde (1978-86); the Bonjour Tristesse Residential Com- plex, Schlesisches Tor, Berlin (1980-4); the reconstruction of the Chiado distrinct, Lisbon (1988-); the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela (1988-930 and the Portuguese Pavilion at Expo ’98, Lisbon (1995-8). • Siza has been the recipient of many international awards, including the prestigious Pritzker Prize (1992), the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (1988), the Alvar Aalto Medal (1988) and has been Visiting Professor at the École Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Architecture program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University. • Cohen’s most renowned project to date is the Paul and Herta Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, a 200,000 sq. ft. cultural center scheduled to be- gin construction in Spring 2007. He is also known for the Goodman House in Dutchess County, NY, (2004), the Torus House in Columbia County, NY (2000), and the competi- tion for the Eyebeam Museum of Technology, New York (2001).

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Since the post-World War II years, the questions of monumentality and collective form have vexed architects. Members of CIAM, faced with the crisis of rebuilding European cities found it difficult to overcome an architectural ethos suspicious of the very monu- mental forms they sought to replace. They preferred speaking of frameworks for action rather than the actual forms of the city or architecture. Likewise today, questions of performance, ecology, and a genre of technical determinism displace more direct ap- proaches to the taboo question of monumentality. Robert Levit addresses this ques- tion in a series of award-winning projects that provocatively negotiate the architectural ambitions of contemporary institutions. This book presents the work as a springboard and thematic link for a collection of essays that probe the question of monumentality, from a variety of critical perspectives in the context of contemporary social life.

  • Essay by Alvaro Siza, Kenneth Frampton and Preston Scott Cohen

Contributors Biographies

Robert Levit is the director of the Master of Urban Design Program at the University of Toronto. His design work spans from the architectural to urban scale and has won numerous international competitions and awards including his project for the Coptic Canadian Village Competition here in Toronto. His writings on architecture and the city have been published widely. Before joining the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in 2002 Professor Levit held positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard University.

Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, New York. He has taught internationally, including at ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the Royal College of Art in London and, most recently, the Architecture Academy of the Swiss-Italian University, Mendrisio, Switzerland. He has written many essays and books on twentieth-century architecture, including Modern Architecture: A Critical History (first published 1980: revised 1985 and 1992) and Studies in Tectonic Culture (1997).

Alvaro Siza is a world renowned architect. Since the 1950s he has built and taught ex- tensively, both in Portugal and internationally. Siza has received critical acclaim for a range of works including: the Boa Nova Tea House and Restaurant, Matosinhos (1958-63); the Borges & Irmão Bank, Vila do Conde (1978-86); the Bonjour Tristesse Residential Com- plex, Schlesisches Tor, Berlin (1980-4); the reconstruction of the Chiado distrinct, Lisbon (1988-); the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela (1988-930 and the Portuguese Pavilion at Expo ’98, Lisbon (1995-8). • Siza has been the recipient of many international awards, including the prestigious Pritzker Prize (1992), the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (1988), the Alvar Aalto Medal (1988) and has been Visiting Professor at the École Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Architecture program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University. • Cohen’s most renowned project to date is the Paul and Herta Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, a 200,000 sq. ft. cultural center scheduled to be- gin construction in Spring 2007. He is also known for the Goodman House in Dutchess County, NY, (2004), the Torus House in Columbia County, NY (2000), and the competi- tion for the Eyebeam Museum of Technology, New York (2001).

  • Size:10” x 7”
  • Format:Landscape
  • Pages:160
  • Binding:Hardcover
  • Photographs:120 color / 60 bw renderings