Making it New: the discourses of architecture and modernism in Britain

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Higgot, Andrew 2007. Making it New: the discourses of architecture and modernism in Britain. in:
AuthorsHiggot, Andrew
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Much of the most innovative architecture of the second half of the twentieth century came from
Great Britain: the Smithsons, Archigram, Rogers, Foster, Koolhaas and Hadid are among many
others whose work gained international significance. Having played no part in the early formulation
of Modernism, Britain found itself, to much surprise, to be the home of the most significant
architectural work. It has been central in the formulation of new polemic and practice more than any
other single country, whether in the post-war field of city rebuilding and later the expressions of
Brutalism, the technological imperative of Archigram, or the new modernities generated at the
Architectural Association School. But behind the achievements of specific architects and their built
and unbuilt work lies a rich architectural culture which can be seen most acutely through key books
and journals in their formulation of ideas. This is the introductory chapter from Higgot, A. Mediating Modernism: Architectural Cultures in Britain. London: Routledge.

Keywordsmodern architecture; Modernism; Britain; political aims
Year2007
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Print2007
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Deposited29 Oct 2010
Web address (URL)http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415401777/
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1007
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Higgot, A. (2007) ‘Making it New: the discourses of architecture and modernism in Britain’, in Higgot, A. Mediating Modernism: Architectural Cultures in Britain. London: Routledge, pp.3-32..

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