International Style of Architecture Descriptive Essay

International Style of Architecture
An exploration of how the international style uprooted traditional styles of architecture through innovation of thought and technology.
# 117120 | 2,197 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2009 in Art (History) , Architecture (History)

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The paper discusses how the international style in architecture emerged in Europe, Russia and the United States, while its principles and revolutionary ideas spread throughout every country. The paper relates the main principles and aesthetic traits of this style and explains how it addressed the problems of traditional architecture and urban planning. The paper also describes structures generally accepted as epitomizing the international style and emphasizes how this style broke the preexisting conventional traditions of architecture to create a threshold of new invention. Images of structures in this style are included with the paper.

From the Paper:

"Architects of the International Style sought to separate themselves from the "traditionalists" doing revival styles of Gothic and Classical architecture, and also from the modernists who relied solely on "irrelevant personal lyricism " for creating a unique structure since this method disregarded those who would actually be using the structure.
"Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson wrote The International Style to accompany an exhibition at MOMA of modernist architects. This book is the defining manuscript of the International Style ideology. Rather than a list of prescribed physical attributes a building must have to be considered of the style, it is an anthem of the principles behind the reforming idea of what architecture is."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Curtis, William J.R. Modern Architecture since 1900. 3rd ed. New York: Phaidon Press Inc., 2001.
  • Gropius, Walter. Scope of Total Architecture. 3rd ed. New York: Collier Books. 1966.
  • Hitchcock, Henry-Russell and Philip Johnson. The International Style. New York: W.W. Norton and Company Inc., 1966.
  • Krfut, Hanno-Walter. A History of Architectural Theory From Vitruvius to the Present. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1994.
  • Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture. New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1986.

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