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  • ISBN: 9780262220590
  • ISBN10: 0262220598

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

by Helen Searing

  • List Price: $75.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
  • Publish date: 12/01/1998
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Although others have written eloquently on the relationship of water to built form, until now no one has investigated the swimming pool as a quintessentially modern and American space, reflecting America's infatuation with hygiene, skin, and recreation. In The Springboard in the Pond, Thomas van Leeuwen looks at a familiar hole -- 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. Van Leeuwen explores the human relationship to water from a variety of viewpoints: social, religious, artistic, sexual, psychological, technical, and above all architectural. Throughout the book, he weaves a series of analogies to three emblematic animals -- frog, swan, and penguin -- that represent the three prevailing human attitudes toward water: hydrophilia, hydrophobia, and ambivalence. The book's many illustrations -- drawings, plans, and photographs -- come from an unusual variety of sources, creating what is surely the. most provocative visual archive of the swimming pool ever assembled.

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