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Author Name:    GIEDION, Siegfried

Title:   Mechanization Takes Command : A Contribution to Anonymous History. Second Printing

Publisher:    Oxford University Press, New York, 1955, 

Seller ID:   112819

GIEDION, Siegfried. Mechanization Takes Command : A Contribution to Anonymous History. New York : Oxford University Press, (1955). Second Printing. Pp(6),v-xiv,(1),2-743,(5). Illustrated. Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt letter ing to spine. Contents : Part I - Anonymous History. Anonymous history ; Procedure : Toward a typological approach ; Dates. Part II - Springs of Mechanization. Movement : Movement : the classical and medieval attitude; The fourteenth century, first to represent movement; The nineteenth century and the capturing of movement. The creed of progress ; Aspects of mechanization : Invention and the miraculous ; The miraculous and the utilitarian ; The mechanizing of production ; Profile of the decades. Part III - Means of Mechanization. The hand ; Standardization and interchangeability ; Mechanization of a complicated craft : The craft of the locksmith ; from handicraft to mechanical production ; Archetypes. The assembly line and the scientific management : The continuous production line in the eighteenth century ; The beginnings of the assembly line ; The appearance of scientific management ; Scientific management and contemporary art ; Forerunners, successors? ; Theassembly line in the twentieth century 1913-14. Part IV - Mechanization En counters the Organic. Mechanization and the soil : agriculture : The farmerin structural change ; The rediscovery of nature in the eighteenth century ; The Middle West and mechanized agriculture ; The carriers of mechanizati on ; Agriculture in full mechanization. Mechanization and organic substance: bread : The mechanization of kneading ; The mechanization of baking ; Th e mechanization of bread making ; The human aspect : bread under mechanization. Mechanization and death : meat : Centralization and handicraft ; The mechanizing of meat production in America. Mechanization and growth : Seed ;The egg ; Mechanical fertilization. Part V. Mechanization Encounters Human Surroundings. Medieval comfort : The Middle Ages and mechanization ; The c hanging conception of comfort ; Posture in the Middle Ages; The chair makesits appearance, c. 1490 ; The nomadic furniture of the Middle Ages ; The c hest as universal furniture ; Gothic joinery ; Movability in Gothic furniture ; Creation of intimate surroundings : differentiation into types ; Medieval comfort, the comfort of space. Comfort in the eighteenth century : France : Rococo and nature ; England: form and mechanism. The nineteenth century : mechanization and ruling taste : The beginnings of ruling taste : Empire style ; The mechanization of adornment ; The reign of the upholsterer. The constituent furniture of the nineteenth century : Patent furniture and ruling taste ; Posture in the nineteenth century ; Convertibility ; Railroadsand patent furniture ; The nomadic furniture of the nineteenth century ; T he constituent furniture and its significance. The constituent furniture ofthe twentieth century : Furniture and its shapers ; The shaping of the typ es ; The diffusion. Part VI - Mechanization Encounters the Household. Mechanization encounters the household : The feminist movement and the rational household ; Organization of the work process ; Mechanization of the hearth.Mechanical comfort in the household : Mechanization of the smaller tools a round 1860 ; The light power unit ; The mechanization of cleaning : laundering ; The mechanization of cleaning : ironing ; The mechanization of cleaning : the dishwashing machine ; The mechanization of cleaning : the mechanical garbage disposer ; The mechanization of cleaning : the vacuum cleaner. Refrigeration mechanized : Natural ice : mechanical refrigeration after 1800: home refrigeration mechanized : frozen foods. Streamlining and full mech anization : The industrial designer : the origins of streamline style ; Organization of the work process, c. 1935. Part VII - The Mechanization of theBath. The mechanization of the bath : Types of regeneration ; The steam ba th as a social institution ; The decay of regeneration ; The bath in the nineteenth century ; The bathroom becomes mechanized ; Regeneration a gauge of culture. In Conclusion. Man in equipoise : On the illusion of progress ; The ending of mechanistic conceptions ; Dynamic equilibrium. ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ORDERS OUTSIDE CANADA DUE TO ITS WEIGHT.Minor wrinkling to first few pages, else very good. 50.00

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