Message - Re: how do we classify MODERN architecture? when does it start?

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Posted by  Gary R on March 05, 2003 at 09:35:57:

In Reply to:  how do we classify MODERN architecture? when does it start? posted by degoza on March 04, 2003 at 20:44:56:

I think you may be talking about something other than Modernism, the European movement of the 20th century. This movement is usually what most people are referring to when they use the term "modern architecture." The 18th century was the 1700s and the 19th century was the 1800s, by the way. Just thought I'd mention that, since I know some people get confused about this. Modern architecure begins around the turn of the twentieth century, with Louis Sullivan and his protege', Frank Lloyd Wright, but it really got underway in the 1920s and 1930s with the developments that came out of the Bauhaus, in Germany. It was Walter Gropius and other Bauhaus architects who pioneered the movement. In the 18th and 19th centuries, by contrast, we find a lot of mimicry of Greek and Roman classicism, culminating in the Victorian style by the close of the 19th century. It was the excessive ornamentation of this period that Modernism rebelled against and provided an alternative to.


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