What is modern architecture?

Modern architecture, also known as modernist architecture, emerged in the first half of the 20th Century and became dominant after World War II. It introduced innovation in construction by using materials such as glass, steel and reinforced concrete.

Modern architecture follows the idea that the building should be designed according to the purpose it is meant to serve. It embraces the idea of minimalism and rejects ornamentation.

The movement was dominant until the 1980s, when it was replaced by postmodern architecture, which emerged as a reaction against the formality and lack of variety of modern architecture.

Corbusier’s 17 heritage-listed buildings were all implemented over a period of half a century. According to UNESCO, these buildings “for the first time in the history of architecture, attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the entire planet.”


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