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Title:From Bauhaus to Our House
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Bantam
ISBN:055338063X
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Number of Pages:128
Category:Architecture, Non fiction, Art, History, Design, Criticism, Journalism

From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC From Bauhaus to Our House The strange saga of American architecture in the twentieth century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement as Wolfe debunks the European gods of modern and postmodern architecture and their American counterparts

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