Building the Post-war World: Modern Architecture and Reconstruction in Britain
Building the Post-war World examines the way in which World War II and the ten years of reconstruction that followed saw the establishment of modern architecture in Britain. It charts the opportunities created by post-war rebuilding showing how the spirit of innovation and experimentation necessary to winning the war found applications in reconstruction. Above all it shows how hopes for a new and better world became linked to the fortunes of new architecture.
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Prologue The wartime debate on reconstruction
The wartime debate
The search for new directions after 1945
1951 from debate to practice
Old masters and young Turks the formation of a new avantgarde
Rethinking CIAMs ideal of the city
Preparing for reconstruction plans for housing 194245
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