twentieth century architecture


Above are images of the 1945 case Study House No. 8, an iconic building by Charles and Ray Eames. If you’re in london I’d highly recommend visiting ‘The World of Charles and Ray Eames’ at the Barbican - the exhibition gives an insight into the minds of the pair who revolutionised twentieth century design in its many forms, be it leg splints, magazine covers or entire houses.

Images taken by Stephen Canon

anonymous asked:

What do you think are the most important women architect in the history of architecture, and your fav?

OK, here is MY list. Everyone is free to agree or disagree or to comment on who was left out but I limited the list to 10 spots and focused on the last century.

You are invited to post about any of those that were not included and tag me, if I agree with your suggestion I will add a list of runner ups and link it to your post.

Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi, was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer, Lina Bo Bardi devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Source Image

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March 27, 2012: Google honors the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The #Doodle shows a typical Mies-Building. Some glass windows are colored like Google chars. The Doodle is inspired by a concrete Mies-building: The “Crown Hall” at the Illinois Institute of Technology (1956).

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Germany. He created an influential twentieth century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. He called his buildings “skin and bones” architecture. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces. Mies died 1969 (aged 83) in Chicago.

Music: “Opportunity Walks” by Kevin MacLeod


The Seagram building rises over New York’s Park Avenue, seeming to float above the street with perfect lines of bronze and glass. Considered one of the greatest icons of twentieth-century architecture, the building was commissioned by Samuel Bronfman, founder of the Canadian distillery dynasty Seagram. Bronfman’s daughter Phyllis Lambert was twenty-seven years old when she took over the search for an architect and chose Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), a pioneering modern master of what he termed “skin and bones” architecture. Mies, who designed the elegant, deceptively simple thirty-eight-story tower along with Philip Johnson (1906–2005), emphasized the beauty of structure and fine materials, and set the building back from the avenue, creating an urban oasis with the building’s plaza. Through her choice, Lambert established her role as a leading architectural patron and singlehandedly changed the face of American urban architecture. Building Seagram is a comprehensive personal and scholarly history of a major building and its architectural, cultural, and urban legacies. Lambert makes use of previously unpublished personal archives, company correspondence, and photographs to tell an insider’s view of the debates, resolutions, and unknown dramas of the building’s construction, as well as its crucial role in the history of modern art and architectural culture.

a wholesome girl

ao3 link
They’re not in the business of taking it easy on the new girl.
rating: Mature, with just a dash of smut.  
pairing: Akane Tsunemori/Shinya Kougami
fandom: Psycho Pass
author’s note: Started watching the movie, felt nostalgic for season 1, and self-diagnosed that writing down shipping feels is cheaper than therapy. 

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Masterpost on Conserving Modern Architecture

A list of important resources from our staff at the Getty Conservation Institute. Reblog, add your own, share!



  • Conserving Twentieth-Century Built Heritage: A Bibliography, edited by Susan Macdonald and Gail Ostergren (2011), Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute. 
  • “Current State of Modern Asian Architecture Discourse and Networking” by Johannes Widodo, Journal of Architectural Education 63, no. 2 (2010), 79-81. 
  • Docomomo Journal 29: “Modernism in Asia Pacific,” edited by Sheridan Burke (Sept. 2003).
  • Forum Journal 27, no. 2: “Modern Landscape Architecture: Presentation and Preservation,” edited by Charles A. Birnbaum (Winter 2013).
  • Modern Architectures: The Rise of a Heritage, edited by Maristella Casciato and Èmilie d'orgeix (2012), Wavre, Belgium: Mardaga Editions.
  • Modern Matters: Principles and Practices in Conserving Recent Architecture, edited by Susan Macdonald (1996), Shaftesbury, Dorset: Donhead.
  • Preservation of Modern Architecture by Theodore H. M. Prudon (2008), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Preserving Post-war Heritage: The Care and Conservation of Mid-Twentieth Century Architecture, Proceedings of the EH Conference, London, UK, 1998 by English Heritage, edited by Susan Macdonald (2001), Shaftesbury, Dorset: Donhead.
  • Twentieth Century Building Materials: History and Conservation, edited by Thomas Jester (1995), New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Series No 5: Identification and Documentation of Modern Heritage
  • Zonnestraal Sanatorium: The History and Restoration of a Modern Monument, edited by Paul Meurs and Marie-Thérèse van Thoor (2010), Rotterdam: NAi Publishers.

’Wendingen’ Magazine Covers 

 ‘Wendingen’ (Upheaval), one of the principal sources for chronicling the history of twentieth-century design and architecture. Pub- lished between 1918 and 1931, virtually all of its 116 issues were edited and designed by Hendrik Theodorus Wijdeveld (1885-1989), a Dutch architect and designer who trained under Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright. Influenced by Nieuwe Kunst (Dutch Art Nouveau), ‘Wendingen’ was resolutely eclectic in design and content, and gave equal coverage to Expressionist, individualist and even mystical sensibilities.

An archive image of the Assembly Hall in the Palais des Nations at the #UnitedNations in Geneva.

The occasion is United Nations Day - but can you guess which year it was?
a) 1949
b) 1954
c) 1964
The UN in Geneva services more than 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest conference centres in the world.

Originally the home of the League of Nations, the Palais is an outstanding testimony to twentieth century architecture. To protect the environment and take climate action, the building now uses renewable energy for air conditioning, solar lamps for hot water and lighting & more.

Photo: ungeneva