Modernism Design Movement

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Modernism Design Movement

Le Corbusier - Villa Savoye:Built between 1928 & 1931

Frank Lloyd Wright - Fallingwater Built 1936 – 1939

Le Corbusier - Cité radieuseBuilt between 1947 & 1952

"Modernism is a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the factors that shaped Modernism was the development of modern industrial societies and the rapid growth of cities, followed then by the horror of World War I."From Wikipedia:" was not until after the Second World War that it gained mass popularity, after modernist planning was implemented as a solution to the previous failure of architecture and design to meet basic social needs.From Rowe, H. A. (2011). "The Rise and Fall of Modernist Architecture." Student Pulse, 3(04). Retrieved from

Some Fundamental Design Elements of Modernism are:•Simplicity in form & Design.•Showcasing Structural Elements.•Contrasting Shapes and angles, especially with curves & straight lines.•Bright, bold, pure and contrasting colours, especially black & white.

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Modernism rejected traditional methods and "outdated" philosophies, embracing new technology and new materials, like steel, concrete and chrome.



In the late 1800's and early 1900's, poverty, slums and over-crowding were big issues in urban areas. Visionary architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright believed they could raise living conditions by designing new, modern social housing solutions that were simple, functional and had a strong emphasis on community. The movement had some successes in creating functional housing areas, but was also rejected by many people.After World War II, the devastation resulted in vast rebuilding of urban areas, and modernist housing area planning began to gain popularity again. New innovations and materials meant high-rise residential buildings could be built that were functional and saved space.Modernism ideas can still be seen in functional buildings and many new designs today.References:

Frank Lloyd Wright -Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumBuilt 1959


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