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a+u 2017:11 European Architecture 1945–1970 Synthesis of Modernism and Context

a+u 2017:11

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English + Japanese / 184 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 710 g

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Now widely-recognized, the mass production of lightweight and pre-fabricated building materials through industrial processes dramatically affected how we use and understand the built environment. In the period following the Second World War in Europe, a time of devastating loss for the region’s social, economic, and built fabrics, architects and planners across the continent worked with these processes to rebuild the region’s cities, supply desperately needed housing, and address complex systems of cultural heritage.

This special issue, a companion to American Architecture 1945–1970 Beginning of the Modern Architecture, features works to highlight the synthesis between Modernism and varying types of architectural contexts and traditions that preceded it, using Europe’s Mid-century internalization of the movement as a complex, historical case study.

a+u European Architecture 1945–1970 Synthesis of Modernism and Context includes:

West European Architecture, 1945–1970
Laurent Stalder, with Elke Beyer and Anke Hagemann


Casa del Girasole
Luigi Moretti

Pirelli Tower
Gio Ponti + Pier Luigi Nervi

Torre Velasca

Baranzate’s Glass Church
Angelo Mangiarotti

Church for San Carlo Hospital
Gio Ponti

Church of San Francesco
Gio Ponti

Montedoria Building
Gio Ponti

Palazzo dello Sport Pier
Luigi Nervi

Castelvecchio Museum
Carlo Scarpa

Pedestrian Promenade on Philopappos Hill
Dimitris Pikionis

Unité d’Habitation Marseille
Le Corbusier

Atelier 5

Nortre-Dome-du-Haut Chapel
Le Corbusier

Couvent de La Tourette
Le Corbusier

House in Nancy
Jean Prouve

Hunstanton Secondary School
Alison and Peter Smithson

Leicester University, Faculty of Engineering
James Stirling and James Gowan

Snowdon Aviary
Cedric Price

The Economist Building
Alison and Peter Smithson

Catholic Church
Franz Fueg

New National Gallery
Mies van der Rohe

German Pavilion at the Brussels Expo
Egon Eiermann

Church of Sainte-Bernardette
Claude Parent and Paul Virilio

Research Center of IBM – France
Marcel Breuer

Aula TU Delft
Jacob Bakema

Roman Catholic Church
Aldo Van Eyck

Bensberg City Hall
Gottfried Böhm

La Grande Borne à Grigny
Émile Aillaud

Retti Candle Shop
Hans Hollein

SAS Royal Hotel
Arne Jacobsen

Town Hall, Såynåtsalo
Alvar Aalto

Experimental House
Alvar Aalto

Chapel of the Technical College, Otaniemi
Heikki and Kaija Siren

Church, Vuoksenniska
Alvar Aalto

The Louisiana Museum
Jørgen Bo with Vilhelm Wohlert

St. Petri Church
Sigurd Lewerentz

St. Mark’s Church
Sigurd Lewerentz

St. Hallvard Church
Kjell Lund & Nils Slaatto

Temppeliaukio Church
Timo & Tuomo Suomalainen

Aalto University (former: Helsinki University of Technology),
Main Auditorium
Alvar Aalto