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When Modernism gets tiring in post war Europe: Design of a French Villa by John Henry architect for a German Client.
Europe has a wonderful history of artful grace, music, and majestic buildings. For much of the continent devastated after WW2 the need for reconstruction at a fast pace was critical to keep people safe and housed. The industrialization of the building trades was instrumental in making that goal possible.
The ‘machine age’ was ushered in and no longer were fancy finials, carved gargoyles and elaborate facades, metal work and other hand worked materials possible.
A new architecture was developed and instead of making apologies for its stark and naked appearance, the architects and academia embraced this method and preached it to all universities around the globe. It was the International Style. Modern. And not only did Europe get rebuilt efficiently but the idea was adopted by American architects, especially useful for commercial architecture, as it meant that glass and steel and sleek finishes became more economical and profitable.
No longer were artisans required, there was no fuss, no frou-frou henceforth.
So, a 2,000-year tradition was broken.
One wonders: “Well if this approach was needed in an emergency situation, why don’t we go back to the beauty of classical architecture again?”
The short answer is: It has always been possible to go back and revisit the wonders of ... more
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