What Is Modern Architecture?


In this instance the question is being asked by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in the first of a series of publications which “comprehensively introduce us to the various phases of modern art”.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the examples of buildings featured within derive mainly from the US, I suppose Europe had other things on it’s mind in 1942 (although to be fair by that point so had the US). That said the UK does feature with Berthold Lubetkin’s wonderful Penguin Pool at London Zoo which the authors were obviously taken with too, “in this structure, so modern in it’s purpose, construction and design, we find complete fulfilment of the 2000 year old standards of Vitruvius : utility, strength and beauty”.


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