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Modernism's Architecture Is from an Old Blueprint

In my architectural history course I was taught that buildings—and the way they are grouped—reflect the beliefs, social values, and worldview of their time. If this is true, what does modern architecture say about us?

Arguably, the pivotal point that separated modern architecture from all that went before is the brief period when the Bauhaus was active in Weimar Germany soon after World War I. In that war's aftermath, old values were seen as outdated. Christianity was deemed to have failed, and secular humanism took over.

The Bauhaus was a revolutionary, modernist school of art, architecture, and design. Its first director, Walter Gropius, declared in its 1919...


studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and urban design at Oxford Brookes University. He has worked in South Africa, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #35, Winter 2015 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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