"Symbolic Essence" and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture
William H. Jordy; Edited and with an introduction by Mardges Bacon
May 10, 2005
344 pages, 8 x 10
106 b/w illus.
A Buell Center/Columbia Book of Architecture Published in association with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University
Generously illustrated, the book demonstrates the range and depth of Jordy’s thinking. He leads his readers to discover important connections of architecture with art, literature, intellectual history, symbolic structures, social purpose, and community. Mardges Bacon’s insightful introduction to the volume situates Jordy’s essays in historical and architectural context and offers a concise intellectual biography of this original and influential thinker.
"An exemplary selection of Jordy's critical writing, giving him the recognition he deserves and reminding us of what is at stake for the future. . . . Jordy's knack for astute observation and delicacy of thought is foregrounded in this volume. . . . This collection of writings is immensely rewarding and thoroughly engaging."—Brendan D. Moran, DOCOMOMO
"[Jordy’s authorial voice has] the miniaturized elegance of a precision watch. . . . Jordy had an extraordinary sensitivity to what might be called the aesthetic life of a building, which placed him among the most insightful critics of his generation. . . . [A] subdued and elegant volume."—Michael J. Lewis, New Criterion