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p. 253. Modernismlocked

  • Ian Thompson

Abstract

‘Modernism’ outlines the powerful influence of modernist thinking in fine art and in architecture upon the nascent discipline of landscape architecture. Landscape architects—Gabriel Guévrékian, Fletcher Steele, Roberto Burle Marx, and Thomas Church—drew direct inspiration from Art Deco, Cubism, and Surrealism abstract painting. Christopher Tunnard and the Harvard Rebels—Garrett Eckbo, Dan Kiley, and James Rose—were swept up in the momentum of Modernist architecture led by Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Care about materials, an emphasis upon space, a rational approach to site-planning, and an aesthetic delight in efficient and elegant detailing are all part of Modernism’s positive legacy.

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