Modern Architectures in History
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Cohen examines the developments in urban design and architecture within France, depicting the continuities and breaks in French architecture since 1900 against a broader international background. Describing the systems of architectural exchange with other countries—including Italy, Germany, Russia, and the United States—he offers a new view on the ideas, projects, and buildings otherwise so often considered only from narrow nationalistic perspectives. Cohen also maps the problematic search for a national identity against the background of European rivalries and France’s colonial past. Drawing on a wealth of recent research, this authoritatively written book will challenge the way design professionals and historians view modern French architecture.
1. From Ironmade Wonders to Storms of Steel, 1889-1918
2. An Elitist Modernity, 1918-40
3. Social Reform and Modernity, 1918-40
4. War and Reconstruction, 1940-50
5. Languages and Techniques for High Growth, 1950-65
6. State-driven Modernization, 1950-65
7. Catharsis and Renewal, 1965-81
8. Public Monuments and Architectural Invention, 1981-2000
9. Since 2000: the Dissolution of the French Model?