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Paperback | $35.00 Short | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262521246 | 7 x 10 in | April 1989

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A Concrete Atlantis

U.S. Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture


"Let us listen to the counsels of American engineers. But let us beware of American architects!" declared Le Corbusier, who like other European architects of his time believed that he saw in the work of American industrial builders a model of the way architecture should develop. It was a vision of an ideal world, a "concrete Atlantis" made up of daylight factories and grain elevators.

In a book that suggests how good Modern was before it went wrong, Reyner Banham details the European discovery of this concrete Atlantis and examines a number of striking architectural instances where aspects of the International Style are anticipated by US industrial buildings.


"A Concrete Atlantis is to be recommended to historians and architects.. [and] to anyone who enjoys good architectural writing."—The Times Literary Supplement
"A Concrete Atlantis is vintage Banham, meticulously researched, inquiring, quirky, and, as ever, beautifully written."—New Society
"A passionate love song to an unlikely object... A marvelous book."—The Boston Globe
"Future generations are likely to owe to his efforts the survival of whichever of these great buildings do survive."—The New York Times