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In his celebrated manifesto, "Aircraft" (1935), the architect Le Corbusier presented more than 100 photographs celebrating airplanes either in imperious flight or elegantly at rest. Dwelling on the artfully abstracted shapes of noses, wings, and tails, he declared : "Ponder a moment on the truth of these objects! Clearness of function!"In Aircraft, David Pascoe follows thiIn his celebrated manifesto, "Aircraft" (1935), the architect Le Corbusier presented more than 100 photographs celebrating airplanes either in imperious flight or elegantly at rest. Dwelling on the artfully abstracted shapes of noses, wings, and tails, he declared : "Ponder a moment on the truth of these objects! Clearness of function!"In Aircraft, David Pascoe follows this lead and offers a startling new account of the form of the airplane, an object that, in the course of a hundred years, has developed from a flimsy contraption of wood, wire and canvas into a machine compounded of exotic materials whose wings can touch the edges of space.Tracing the airplane through the twentieth century, he considers the subject from a number of perspectives: as an inspiration for artists, architects and politicians; as a miracle of engineering; as a product of industrialized culture; as a device of military ambition; and, finally, in its clearness of function, as an instance of sublime technology.Profusely illustrated and authoritatively written, Aircraft offers not just a fresh account of aeronautical design, documenting, in particular, the forms of earlier flying machines and the dependence of later projects upon them, but also provides a cultural history of an object whose very shape contains the dreams and nightmares of the modern age....

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ISBN : 9781861891631
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Aircraft Reviews

  • Artur Coelho
    2019-01-17 11:03

    Normalmente, a literatura sobre aviação fica-se pela história do desenvolvimento aeronáutico ou sobre as características técnicas e operacionais de aeronaves específicas. Raras são as obras que tratam do avião como um objecto estético, com implicações culturais mais abrangentes do que as habitualmente ligadas a estes maravilhosos veículos. É nesta vertente que a obra se insere: uma exploração da máquina voadora como elemento estético, associando a sua evolução formal às percepções dos artistas, fascinados com conceitos como o de velocidade, da liberdade de voar (algo já presente na cultura humana desde as lendas de Ícaro) e com os conceitos puramente formais do avião enquanto objecto, símbolo de uma evolução estética que, pela junção entre tecnologia avançada e forma cada vez mais apurada, estará sempre conotado com uma ideia de futurismo galopante.