Siegfried Giedion: Mechanization Takes Command (1948)

20 April 2014, dusan

First published in 1948, Mechanization Takes Command is an examination of mechanization and its effects on everyday life. A monumental figure in the field of architectural history, Siegfried Giedion traces the evolution and resulting philosophical implications of such disparate innovations as the slaughterhouse, the Yale lock, the assembly line, tractors, ovens, and “comfort” as defined by advancements in furniture design. A groundbreaking text when originally published, Giedion’s pioneering work remains an important contribution to architecture, philosophy, and technology studies.

Publisher Oxford University Press, New York, 1948
Third printing, 1970
743 pages
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Review (John E. Sawyer, The Journal of Economic History, 1949)
Review (Harry Elmer Barnes, American Journal of Sociology, 1949)
Review (William F. Ogburn, The American Historical Review, 1948)
Review (Henry Guerlac, American Quarterly, 1949)
Review (Donald Horton, American Sociological Review, 1948)
Review (Paul Zucker, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1949)
Review (Arthur P. Molella, Technology and Culture, 2002)
Review (Tom Vanderbilt, Bookforum, 2010)

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One Response to “Siegfried Giedion: Mechanization Takes Command (1948)”

  1. w on October 5, 2015 1:37 pm

    Thanks to the University of Minnesota Press we can’t read this book.

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