The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool

The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool

Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen / Feb 26, 2020
The Springboard in the Pond An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool A dazzling reflection on the American swimming pool as an icon of modernism and a social architectural and psychological phenomenon The Springboard in the Pond Thomas van Leeuwen looks at the domes
  • Title: The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool
  • Author: Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen
  • ISBN: 9780262720328
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dazzling reflection on the American swimming pool as an icon of modernism and a social, architectural, and psychological phenomenon.The Springboard in the Pond, Thomas van Leeuwen looks at the domestic swimming pool and discovers an icon indispensable to the reading of twentieth century modernism At one level, the book is a rereading of modern architecture that will leaA dazzling reflection on the American swimming pool as an icon of modernism and a social, architectural, and psychological phenomenon.The Springboard in the Pond, Thomas van Leeuwen looks at the domestic swimming pool and discovers an icon indispensable to the reading of twentieth century modernism At one level, the book is a rereading of modern architecture that will leave that story permanently altered At another level, it is the story of the origin and evolution of the private swimming pool as a building type and cultural artifact And at still another level, it is a material philosophy of water.This book is the second in a planned tetralogy by the author, with each volume centered on the relationship of architecture to one of the four classical elements sky, water, fire, and earth The first volume was The Skyward Trend of Thought The Metaphysics of the American Skyscraper MIT Press, 1988 The third volume, Columns of Fire Architecture and Destruction, is currently in preparation.
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    1. An architectural and cultural history of the mostly private swimming pool, from late 18th century to the mid 20th Organized around case studies and key figures, most memorably Ludwig II and W.R Hearst among others, van Leeuwen documents the culturally significant conceptions and constructions of bathing swimming spaces and their meanings as status symbols, erotic sublimation, attempt at mastery, hydrophobic engagement with a threatening element, and so on Van Leeuwen is especially fascinating wh [...]


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