Historical contuinity: three modernist masters, their precedents and descendants

Mollazadeh, Aslı
The aim of this thesis is to uncover the relation between the concept of historical continuity and architectural modernism. Modernism in architecture has often been conceived as a movement that rejects history. The buildings of modernist masters have been seen alien to their environments and the cultural values of the society. Although there have been many studies disproving this widespread opinion, the continuing effects of modernist works on today's architectural environment haven't been fully understood. On the other hand, in the practice of contemporary architecture too, there is a strong dialog established with the past. In this respect, turning back to the beginning of the 20th century, to unfold examples of historical continuity in the works of modernist masters is a necessity for the understanding of today's architecture as well. This thesis focuses on the works of three master architects of architectural modernism: Frank Lloyd Wright (1886 - 1969), Mies van der Rohe (1886 - 1969) and Le Corbusier (1887 - 1965). Their works are associated with the historical structures from different periods,which might have affected their architecture. At same time their effects on descendants are displayed.


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Citation Formats
A. Mollazadeh, “Historical contuinity: three modernist masters, their precedents and descendants,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2014.