This book proposes alternative interpretations of broadly-debated concepts within architectural modernity. Bringing into view the work of lesser-known architects from across the globe, alongside previously unexplored aspects of mainstream masters of the Modern, Rethinking Modernity puts forward a compelling case for the range and diversity of architectural projects encompassed by this term. Exploring themes such as the use of colour, materials, ornament, local traditions and identities, Rethinking Modernity challenges readers to build a better understanding of a crucial moment in architectural history, and of design trends shaping the present-day production of the built environment.
Complementing the RIBA Publishing titles Redefining Brutalism and Revisiting Postmodernism, this book sits within a series of books aiming to explore new interpretations of well-loved architectural movements, richly illustrated with rarely-seen archive photography and lesser-known projects.
Offers a comprehensive review of modernity, discussing its various strands through less typical case studies, rich and original visual material (photographs, redrawn plans, and spatial diagrams), as well as descriptions
Illustrates the range of possibilities the umbrella term of Modernity encompasses, questioning stereotypical definitions and proposing alternative descriptions
Offers a window onto lesser-known architectural figures of the modern alongside mainstream masters of the Modern
Explores both historical modernity globally and its connection with present-day trends