World War I and the Birth of Modern Architecture by Anna Bronovitskaya


From 19 November 2015




Garage Education Center


This lecture focuses on early avant-garde developments, made possible with the emergence of new materials and the pioneers of Modernism, like the Bauhaus scholars, Le Corbusier, and Vladimir Shukhov.

The 19th century was a time of unprecedented technological progress in terms of construction. However, while buildings were constructed according to new designs and with the use of new materials, in most cases they remained rather traditional in a visual sense. It took the shock of the First World War for architects to offer the world an entirely new aesthetic, which brought out the opportunities and advantages of new materials and construction methods.

The lecture will focus on the precursors of modern architecture (Henri Labrouste, Joseph Paxton), the early work of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus masters, and the architectural works of Vladimir Shukhov.


Anna Bronovitskaya is an architectural historian, director of research at Moscow’s Institute of Modernism, and associate professor at MARCHI (Moscow Architectural Institute, State Academy). In 2015 she became one of the founders of the Institute of Modernism—an independent institution that researches Soviet architecture of the 1960s to 1980s. Since 1993, she has been lecturing at MARCHI. From 2011 to 2013, Bronovitskaya was head of the DOCOMOMO Russian section. She is also the author of multiple publications on 20th century architecture.

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