Architecture, Design, and Modern Living

Christopher Crouch

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Architecture, Design, and Modern Living

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This article examines the history of modernist architecture. It argues that of all the arts, it can be argued that the forms and functions of modern architecture and design are the most intimately linked to the physical conditions of modernity and daily life. The article explains that modernism as an architectural and design style may be characterized in its early stages as an attempt to create a form suitable for the new machine age, reflecting the view that society had come to a significant destination point in its development, a point where history could no longer provide precedents for the material culture produced by industrialization. It contends that architecture and design are in essence social practices, even if they are not always functional or rational.

Keywords: modernist architecture; arts; modern design; daily life; architectural design; material culture; industrialization; social practices

Article.  7900 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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