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The Fall of Modern Architecture

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Lecture

Part II: The Fall of Modern Architecture
The Rise and Fall of Modern Architecture


Art and Architecture
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


How did modern architecture fail, what replaced it and what was the role of Louis Kahn in bringing not only a new architecture, but a new understanding of us as human being? And what does all of this mean for us today?

The 20th century began with Beaux Arts architecture in full glory, with New York showcasing the Metropolitan Museum, Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library. But by the `30s, the Beaux Arts was under attack by the modern architecture exemplified by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. And after WWII, modern architecture held the field as glass skyscrapers sprang up in cities across the country and then around the world.  By the 1960s, dissatisfaction set in and a spate of books declared ‘the failure of modern architecture.’ What happened, what was the role of such postmodernists as Robert Venturi, and how did Louis Kahn bring “order” to modern architecture? And finally, where does all this leave us today?

This lecture is part John Lobell's series, Art and Architecture.

John Lobell

John Lobell


A professor at Pratt Institute, John Lobell studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. His interests include architecture, cultural theory, consciousness, Buddhism and the impact of technology on culture. Lobell lectures widely and is the author of several books, including Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn. For more information about John Lobell, visit CreativityDiscourse.com and JohnLobell.com.

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