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p. 11. Introductionlocked

  • Adam Sharr

Abstract

Somewhere between 1910 and 1970, architecture changed. Expensive Western buildings became transformed from ornamented fancies, which referred to the classical and medieval pasts, into strikingly plain reflections of novel materials, technologies, and ideas. The phrase ‘modern architecture’ describes a spectrum of buildings and ideas and the Introduction explains that it didn’t just emerge fully formed in the 1910s and 1920s, or as the consequence of 19th-century pioneers, but was instead the product of two centuries of industrialization, and the global spread of industrial culture. The aim of this Very Short Introduction is to illustrate how modern architecture was produced out of—and reflected—the cultures that constructed it.

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