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ideals of modernism

Postby cool731 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:59 pm

Trying to put a list together for a class on modenism, some ideas would really help, the topic is "ideals of modernism" anyone can help it would be greatful.
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Postby nanrehvasconez » Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:52 pm

Study modern architecture and architects, Santiago Calatrava, Le Corbusier, Phillip Johnson, FLW, among others.
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Crystal Palace

Postby TheSudden » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:52 pm

The Crystal Palace was one of the first buildings in the modernist movement and was a symbol for the values that the time stood for like, moving on, forward thinking etc.

Mies Van Der Rohe's Seagram building was one of the first modern high rises as well.

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Postby David Owen » Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:52 pm

It looks as though there's an ample description at Archiplanet (based on Wikipedia), along with lots of references and links:

(See also: Crystal Palace, and a long list of Modern projects at
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Postby Fabdesigno » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:28 am

Study prototypes of modern architecture.. for example: some of Frank lloyd right
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Postby innova+e » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:49 am

Technically according to modernist manifestos, they wouldn't have let Frank Lloyd Wright into the club, as he was more of an individualistic personality, a rebel or maverick (beside the fact that he had hundreds of buildings designed to every handfull or so that Mies or Corbu had at the time). It was very difficult at the time for American architects to acheive true modernist status. Start with Gropius and the Bauhaus, where it all began and work your way to Mies, Taut, the chicago modernist takeover.. Corbu etc.. Americans such as Graves, Venturi, Stern spearheaded the post-modernist movements.

Calatrava falls into a little different category, more of a contemporary in public works of art and engineering, as well as architecture.

Towards A New Architecture by Le Corbusier will give you a good start.

From Bauhaus to Our House - by Tom WOlfe is another interesting perspective. He offers an obvious bias but had certainly done his homework for the piece, so you'll get an insight into the early modernists.
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Postby mrunali.balki » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:51 pm

hey study Rem koolhaas he works a lot in that field along with Santiago Calatrava.
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Postby kanneii86 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:27 pm

i have read this book on modern architecture and architects, Santiago Calatrava. it is a nice one!

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Postby Guest » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:46 am

Not really sure whether this is a relevent suggestion, as I'm sure by modernism your lecturers actually mean from like 50-100 years ago! but why not check out a guy called Jacques Fresco, check this vid out he's an Industrial Designer not an Architect but designs purely on the basis of creating a better life for people not for profit or fame!

It's fairly futuristic stuff but extremely interesting, and would be worth educating your lecturers about ;p

Postby innova+e » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:37 pm

again, are you looking for Moderne examples or Contemporary? Big difference between the two. Modern was a movement, which has passed. Most 'modern' buildings are in desperate need of renovation at this point in time. Modern was also an attitude, which sprang from the influence of stolid socialistic worker-housing in middle Europe. Contemporary is now.. Imagine seeing someone with flared bottom pants today, and calling it a modern fashion statement just because it's not been seen in a while (perhaps by your generation). It's not, like modern, a new thing, it's been done and it's an antique, like the modern concepts. THeories however never fade, and architects and designers still do in fact practice modern theory. acg.
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