The other side of modernism

A critical view is rarely taken of the modernist movement, however there are some criticisms to be taken with modernist architecture. Architecture plays a huge part in the modernist movement; in fact modernism almost would not exist without it. In spite of that there are questions to be asked about wether modernist architecture was only really something that was seen in the media.

There were many futurist architects that wrote manifestos and drew plans but never succeeded in building any of them. Mies Van Der Rohe is an example of this. He was asked to build some modernist architecture but found that in actuality they were not as functional. He took a more realistic and practical approach. The Barcelona pavilion which he built was considered one of the most important pieces of architecture from the 20th century. However it is another example of publicity being the most important factor in modernism as it had no function whatsoever. The pavilion was an exhibition in itself and its only purpose was to be admired up until it was demolished just seven months after being built. It is interesting that there were many 2nd and 3rd hand paraphrasing the structure only having seen it in photographs. These photographs were thought through meticulously and manipulated in order to display the pavilion exactly as they wanted people to depict it. This use of media perhaps gives a false perception of the structure. The images have become far more important than the structure itself. Another clear example of publicity overriding the true architectural design within the modernist period.

Museum of childhood

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I took a visit to the museum of childhood in order to gather research for my critical and contextual studies. It contains a collections of objects related to childhood such as toys, gadgets and entertainment.
I have been focused on the modernist movements and was drawn to the dolls houses displayed. There is a great number of them and they are a good reflection of style and it’s development through time.
I discovered that up until the mid 19th century that dolls houses werent actually seen as as childs play things. They were used by adults to display their sense of style and sat in people’s homes as something to be looked at. Therefore they are a very accurate reflection of changing architecture