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Architecture on the Carpet (The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings)

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9780500342855
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Overview

This entertaining book offers a novel view of architecture through the prism of construction toys. Ranging over the last century to the present, Brenda and Robert Vale draw parallels between the model-building sets of the modern period and architectural movements, social history, and national identities and myths. Some children’s construction toys such as Lincoln Logs and Tudor Minibrix have looked to the past. Others have looked to the future: as early as the 1920s, the American metal toy Bilt-E-Z could be used to construct a stepped-back skyscraper like the Empire State Building. The Vales investigate not only how models sets have reflected different building styles but also whether the toys themselves influenced the careers of the children who grew up playing with them. They explore connections between model-railway buildings and modernism; model sets such as Castos and reinforced concrete housing; and even between the creative but slightly surreal Playplax and postmodern deconstructivist architecture.

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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Brenda Vale, Robert Vale
    Format:
    Hardcover
    Pages:
    208
    Publisher:
    Thames & Hudson (September 9, 2013)
    Language:
    English
    Audience:
    General/trade
    ISBN-13:
    9780500342855
    ISBN-10:
    0500342857
    Weight:
    19.84oz
    Dimensions:
    6.4" x 9.3" x 1.1"
    Case Pack:
    24
    File:
    -NortonNorton_051317-20170514.xml
    As low as:
    $20.68
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