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the writings of Josep Lluís Sert

Town Planning Associates (Josep Lluís Sert, Paul Lester Wiener, and Paul Schulz), Cidade dos Motores, 1947, Rio de Janeiro. Sketch.

The Writings of Josep Lluís Sert, edited by Eric Mumford. New Haven: Yale University Press; Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2015. 184 pages.

JOSEP LLUÍS SERT belongs to a middle generation of modern architects whose reputations have not fared all that well over the past half century. Groomed by such early-twentieth-century giants as Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, and the Swiss historian Sigfried Giedion and straddling the historical divide of World War II, Sert and his peers tend to be pegged as epigones, their expansion and revision of modernist ideology overshadowed by a far more polemical cohort of architects that emerged in the 1950s. Yet this bias fails to do justice to an especially thoughtful protagonist like Sert. As Eric Mumford argues in his introduction to this judiciously selected and edited volume of Sert’s writings—produced between 1951 and 1977

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