Message - Re: Saving an International Style Building

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Posted by  Gary R on February 18, 2003 at 09:08:57:

In Reply to:  Re: Saving an International Style Building posted by Kevin Matthews on February 15, 2003 at 11:33:36:

Kevin, the International style did, unquestionably, arise in Europe, and the examples found in the U.S. were later examples by the same architects (Neutra, Van der Roha, Gropius) who founded the style in Europe. When they emmigrated to the U.S., to escape Nazism, they, of course, continued their work here. They also won converts among American Architects, such as Philip Johnson.

You can call it what you wish, of course, but the historically accepted label for the style founded by the above named architects remains the International Style, or sometimes, International Modern Style. The label "Modern" is too broad to be applied to only this particular style, though. Frank Lloyd Wright's work is also considered "modern," but has nothing whatever to do with the International Style, which Wright rejected for its supposed sterility.

Labels are only referents; something used to aid communication. To the extent they do so, fine. When there is disagreement over labels, then their use becomes obfuscatory, instead. Let's just agree that we're talking about the works of Gropius, Van der Rohe, Neutra, Johnson, Schindler, and others and leave it at that. My point was simply to point a "newbie" in the general direction of an answer to his question so he can then go find out more for himself.


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