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Peter Reyner Banham (2 March 1922 — 19 March 1988) was a prolific architectural critic and writer best known for his 1960 theoretical treatise Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960) and for his 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. In the latter he categorized the Los Angeles experience into four ecological models (Surfurbia, Foothills, The Plains of Id, and Autopia) and explored the distinct architectural cultures of each ecology.

Banham was based in London, but lived primarily in the United States from the mid-1970s until the end of his life. He studied under Anthony Blunt at the Courtauld Institute of Art, then Siegfried Giedion and Nikolaus Pevsner. Pevsner invited him to study the history of modern architecture, following his own work Pioneers of the Modern Movement (1936). In Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, Banham cut across Pevsner's main theories, linking modernism to built structures in which the 'functionalism' was actually subject to formal strictures. Later, he wrote a Guide to Modern Architecture (1962, later titled Age of the Masters, a Personal View of Modern Architecture).

Banham had connections with the Independent Group, the 1956 This Is Tomorrow art exhibition – considered by many to the birth of pop art – and the thinking of the Smithsons and of James Stirling, on the 'New Brutalism', which he documented in his 1966 book The New Brutalism: Ethic or Aesthetic?. He predicted a "second age" of the machine and mass consumption. The Architecture of Well-Tempered Environment (1969) follows Sigfried Giedion's Mechanization Takes Command (1948), putting the development of technologies such as electricity and air conditioning ahead of the classic account of structures. In the 1960s, Cedric Price, Peter Cook, and the Archigram group also found this to be an absorbing arena of thought.

Green thinking (Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies) and then the oil shock of 1973 affected him. The 'postmodern' was for him uneasy, and he evolved into the conscience of postwar British architecture. He broke with utopian and technical formalism. Scenes in America Deserta (1982) talks of open spaces and his anticipation of a 'modern' future. In A Concrete Atlantis: U.S. Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture, 1900-1925 (1986) Banham demonstrates the influence of American grain elevators and "Daylight" factories on the Bauhaus and other modernist projects in Europe.

As a professor, Banham taught at the University of London, the State University of New York Buffalo, and through the 1980s at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He had been appointed the Sheldon H. Solow Professor of the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University shortly before his death, but he never taught at the institution. He was also featured in the short documentary Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles; in his book on Los Angeles, Banham said that he learned to drive so he could read the city in the original.

In 2003, Nigel Whiteley published a biography of Banham, Reyner Banham: Historian of the Immediate Future.

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Total Books: 49
Los Angeles The Architecture of Four Ecologies
A Critic Writes
1999 - A Critic Writes [Centennial Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780520219441
ISBN-10: 0520219449
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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A Critic Writes Essays
1997 - A Critic Writes Essays (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520088559
ISBN-10: 0520088557
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Die Visionen DES Ron Herron
1995 - Die VIsionen Des Ron Herron [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783433025628
ISBN-10: 3433025622
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1990 - The VIsions of Ron Herron [Butterworth Architecture architect monographs] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Scenes in America Deserta
1989 - Scenes in America Deserta (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262521437
ISBN-10: 0262521431
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Engineering & Transportation
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A Concrete Atlantis US Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture
Contemporary Architecture of Japan 1958-84
1985 - Contemporary Architecture of Japan 1958-84 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780851397863
ISBN-10: 0851397867
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Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment
1984 - Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226036984
ISBN-10: 0226036987
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment
1984 - The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226036977
ISBN-10: 0226036979
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Buffalo Architecture A Guide
1981 - Buffalo Architecture a Guide (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262520638
ISBN-10: 026252063X
Genres: History, Travel, Engineering & Transportation
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Theory and Design in the First Machine Age
Megastructure Urban futures of the recent past
1976 - Megastructure Urban Futures of the Recent Past (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500340684
ISBN-10: 0500340684
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Age of the Masters Personal View of Modern Architecture
1975 - Age of the Masters Personal VIew of Modern Architecture (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780851393957
ISBN-10: 0851393950
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Age of the masters A personal view of modern architecture
1975 - Age of the Masters a Personal VIew of Modern Architecture (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780851393988
ISBN-10: 0851393985
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Los Angeles The Architecture of 4 Ecologies
1973 - Los Angeles the Architecture of 4 Ecologies [The Architect and Society] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140211788
ISBN-10: 0140211780
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Engineering & Transportation
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A Concrete Atlantis US Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture 1900-1925
Design by Choice
Design By Choice (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780847803842
ISBN-10: 0847803848
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Guide to Modern Architecture
Guide to Modern Architecture (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780851392615
ISBN-10: 085139261X
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New Brutalism
New Brutalism (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780851394602
ISBN-10: 0851394604
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Megaestructuras - Futuro Urbano del Pasado Directo
Megaestructuras - Futuro Urbano Del Pasado Directo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788425218514
ISBN-10: 8425218519
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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Teoria Y Diseno En La Primera Era De La Maquina/ Theory and Design in the First Machine Age