Image of the Month

The image for August 2020 is of modernist architecture.

The book 'Building Passionsfocuses on 19th-century architecture and engineering in Britain. Within that scope it also touches on the origins of early 'modern' architecture, which eventually was consolidated into the early 20th-century modernist movement. But what do we really mean by modernism and its various artistic styles?

The image was selected from stock media using the search term 'modern', which effectively means 'following the mode'. The buildings depicted in it are geometrically-distinct high rises with a hexagonal window structure. Plate glass is predominate and the form is determined by the other key structural materials, mainly steel and concrete. This typifies our current understanding of modernist architecture which is very functional; decoration isn't frivolous but serves a specific purpose, to highlight the form.

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