See, e.g., Kenneth Frampton, Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995); Cecil Elliott, Technics and Architecture: The Development of Materials and Systems for Building (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994); Tom F. Peters, Building the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996); Andrew Saint, Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008); R. J. M. Sutherland, ed., Structural Iron, 1750–1850 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1997); and Robert Thorne, Structural Iron and Steel, 1850–1900 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000).
See Paul Dobraszczyk, Iron, Ornament, and Architecture in Victorian Britain: Myth and Modernity, Excess and Enchantment (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).
Sealy’s essay should be read alongside Anthony Vidler’s interpretation of architecture in Zola’s novels in his classic 1971 essay, “The New Industrial World: The Reconstruction of Urban Utopia in Late Nineteenth Century France,” Perspecta 13/14 (1971): 243–56.
See Adrian Forty, Concrete and Culture: A Material History (London: Reaktion Books, 2012), 69–77.
Sean Weiss is Assistant Professor of Architectural History at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. His essays and reviews have appeared in Casabella, Journal of Urban History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Log, and the edited volume Non-Standard Architectural Productions: Between Aesthetic Experience and Social Action (Routledge, 2019). He is writing a book about the photographic practices of civil engineers in the construction and maintenance of urban infrastructure in modern Paris.
How to Cite This: Weiss, Sean. Review of Function and Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century, by Paul Dobraszczyk and Peter Sealy. JAE Online. February 21, 2020. http://www.jaeonline.org/articles/review/function-and-fantasy#/.