Brokers of Modernity
East Central Europe and the Rise of Modernist Architects, 1910-1950
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The story of modernist architects in East Central EuropeThe first half of the twentieth century witnessed the rise of modernist architects. Brokers of Modernity reveals how East Central Europe turned into one of the pre-eminent testing grounds of the new belief system of modernism. By combining the internationalism of the CIAM organization and the modernising aspirations of the new states built after 1918, the reach of modernist architects extended far beyond their established fields. Yet, these architects paid a price when Europe’s age of extremes intensified. Mainly drawing on Polish, but also wider Central and Eastern European cases, this book delivers a pioneering study of the dynamics of modernist architects as a group, including how they became qualified, how they organized, communicated and attempted to live the modernist lifestyle themselves. In doing so, Brokers of Modernity raises questions concerning collective work in general and also invites us to examine the social role of architects today.
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Introduction Brokers of Modernity
1. Modernity in Eastern Europe – East European Modernism?
2. Architects as Experts of the Social: A new Type entering the European Scene
3. Organising New Architectural Goals
4. Communicating Social Change through Architecture
Gallery with Plates
5. Materialising the International Agenda: Warszawa Funkcjonalna
6. Under Pressure: Modernist Architects and the Rise of Political Extremes
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Publication: March 11, 2019
Harold L. Platt, Journal of Urban History, October 2019
Martin Kohlrausch’s Brokers of Modernity puts forth a solid revision of this narrative and succeeds in shifting it significantly eastward. By inserting the manifold contributions by architects from East Central Europe into the larger history of European modernism, he provides an overdue account of what had been shattered when the trans-European professional networks dissolved in the wake of the Second World War. [...] Kohlrausch presents an immensely informed study, which is based on his research of the past decade. [...] Applying the more recent concept of a ‘multi-speed Europe’ to his period of analysis, the historian masterfully balances institutional history, a history of networks, and a history of modern architecture embedded in its social-historical context.
Sarah M. Schlachetzki, H-Soz-Kult