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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262232166 | 514 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 89 illus.| December 2001
Paperback | $23.95 Trade | £17.95 | ISBN: 9780262731652 | 514 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 89 illus.| August 2003

Reyner Banham

Historian of the Immediate Future

About the Author

Nigel Whiteley is Professor of Visual Arts in the Art Department at the School of Creative Arts, Lancaster University, UK.


“Nigel Whiteley's timely assessment is engaging and important.”—Iain Finlayson, London Times
“Whitely does an excellent job of presenting the many complex layers of Banham's achievements as a historian and critic.”—Eric Mumford, Architectural Record
“Nigel Whiteley’s brilliant analysis has the energy and scope of Banham’s best writing...”—Robert Fishman, The Washington Post Book World


“Reynar Banham once described architectural history--at its most intersting--as a 'snap-crackle-pop subject.' Nigel Whiteley's critical reading of Banham's writings and ideas brims with informed discussion and sparkles with insights about one of the twentieth century's liveliest and keenest architectural minds.”
Joan Ockman, Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University
“Reyner Banham's wide-ranging explorations of modern architecture, commercial design, pop culture, and radical urbanism bristled with so many provocative insights that his career's trajectory resisted clear understanding. Now, fortunately, Nigel Whiteley has skillfully reconstructed the personal experiences and intellectual contexts from which Banham emerged as one of the late twentieth-century's most idiosyncratic and perpetually rewarding cultural critics.”
Jeffrey L. Meikle, Chair, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
“Nigel Whiteley ingeniously pulls together the various strands of Reyner Banham's thought. He charts the development of Banham's diverse interests and provides a much-needed critical analysis of his long career as a historian and critic of architecture and design.”
Victor Margolin, Professor of Design History, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Along the arc of his distinguished career, from work in an aircraft factory in Bristol, England, to criticism of a solar telescope at Kitt Peak in the Arizona desert, Reyner Banham embraced his time with head and heart. Nigel Whiteley gives a nuanced presentation of Banham's principled flexibility. Readers new to Banham's writing will find vivid analysis, while those already familiar with his ideas will discover fresh insights.”
Kevin Harrington, Professor of Architectural History, Illinois Institute of Technology
“Nigel Whiteley expertly maps the daunting intellectual range and enduring architectural principles of the last of the great Modernist historians and polemicists. More impressively, Whiteley captures the playfulness, the mischievous wit, and the delight in playing the provocateur that distinguished Banham in person as well as on the printed page.”
Dell Upton, Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley


Winner in the 2002 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal competition for excellence in design in the category of Scholarly Illustrated.