the symbiosis between war and architectural advancement

It was a kind of sadistic radicalization of the research on the minimum habitation that had been conducted under the Weimar Republic by architects in Berlin and Frankfurt, whose purpose was the large-scale production of affordable modern housing for large urban populations. The concentration camp version of the Existenzminimum was compressed beyond any imaginable limits.

Martin Filler in Modern Architecture’s Dark Side in New York Review of Books, quotes from the groundbreaking recent book Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War, by the French architectural historian and architect Jean-Louis Cohen.

The photo above is of the Shirokiya Department Store, Tokyo a lesser known example of early Japanese Modernism which Jean-Luis Cohen writes about in another recently published book of his The Future of Architecture: Since 1889.


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