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Modernism 2: Master Architects of Modernist Architecture

This webinar is part of a three-part series on Modernism, which includes: 

  1. Part 1: Preserving Modernist Concrete
  2. This Webinar, Part 2: Master Architects of Modernist Architecture
  3. Part 3: Saving the Seventies

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The rapid and dramatic social and technological change at the end of the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century had a profound influence on architecture and design, affecting not only the construction methods, appearance, and organization of buildings but also the theories and philosophies.

This discussion will cover topics that shaped the character of the architecture and the values and ideals of the modernist movement which encompassed design, as well as a broader state of consciousness towards the social organization, methods, and means of production, and how the new aesthetics and philosophical approaches impacted creative expression in the arts and architecture. The discussions will proceed in the context of:
  • Pre-modern culture and the broader historical context of modernism
  • Early industrialization and beginnings of modernity
  • Advancements in technology and its influence on the modern movement
  • The influence of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the emerging rebellion against classicism
  • Health, social welfare and the movement towards modernist design
  • Developments in Iron and Steel
  • Emerging mass production methods and technology and their influence on design and construction
  • World War I and its impact on European thought and society
  • American pioneers and architectural visionaries of modernism
  • European architects and their influence on modernist design and theory
  • Mid-Century Modernism and the architecture of the post-war period

You Will Be Able To...

  1. Identify historical roots of the modern movement in architecture.
  2. Name early artists, architects, and thinkers that pioneered ideas about modernism.
  3. Describe the values of modernism.
  4. Identify different schools, periods and movements in modernism.