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Time for Architecture

On Modernity, Memory and Time in Architecture and Urban Design

Author(s): Robert Adam

Book Description

Using time as a unifying theme, this book critically analyses many of the key concepts in modern architecture and urban design, such as modernity, innovation, timelessness and sustainability. Drawing on the statements of contemporary architects and with reference to a wide range of sources from history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology, as well as studies in diverse subjects such as science fiction, colonialism and archaeology, the text provides a new perspective on much of the thinking behind contemporary design. In addition, it develops original and practical theories on the meanings of modernity, the variable ageing of the environment, the central role of longevity in sustainability, the significance of authenticity in conservation, and the relationship between collective memory and tradition.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4597-7
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4597-0
Date of Publication: 01/04/2020
Pages / Size: 365 / A5
Price: £34.99


Robert Adam received his architectural education at the University of Westminster, London. He was a Rome Scholar in 1972-3, and in 1977 became a director of the architectural and urban design practice now known as ADAM Architecture. He is a Visiting Professor of Urban Design at Strathclyde University, UK, and has published numerous papers and articles on architecture, urban design, heritage policy, design philosophy and history. He has sat on English government design review bodies, and was honorary secretary of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Adam co-founded, with the Prince of Wales, the charity the International Network for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism in 2001. In 2017, he won the Driehaus Architecture Prize, a global award to honour a major contributor in the field of contemporary vernacular and classical architecture. As well as contributing to a number of volumes, he has been the author of six books, including Classical Architecture: A Complete Handbook and The Globalisation of Modern Architecture.