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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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The Modern Movement in the Americas

The Modern Movement in the Americas

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(p.391) 25 The Modern Movement in the Americas
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Architecture since 1400
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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.003.0025

This chapter discusses a second modern movement, often referred to as the International Style, that became the favored architecture of the urban upper-middle class and governments throughout the Americas in the first half of the twentieth century. At a time when many American societies were seeking to become more equitable, International Style offered a combination of newness and an understanding of sophistication as something other than just lavish living. No longer necessarily reserved for the rich, who in many cases preferred more conventional means of display, an inexpensive and ostensibly efficient imported architectural vocabulary represented the hope that middle classes in many American nations had of a prosperous future on the world stage.

Keywords:   modern architecture, modern movement, modernism, International Style

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