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The New architecture Signs that change is afoot

Elizabeth De Portzamparc

To avoid any confusion of terminology, it should be pointed out that the term “New Architecture” was in fact used by Walter Gropius, but very soon abandoned and forgotten. He used it to describe the architecture appearing in several countries at the beginning of the 20th century that took its cue from the tenets laid down by the Russian constructivists. Claiming a universality based on formalist lines in the service of industry, it was represented - among others - by the Dutch pro-constructivists (Rietveld, Mondrian, etc.) and Le Corbusier. The group met and created the Modern Movement or International Style, by which time the term coined by Gropius had already been abandoned and stood for no movement or approach.

What I call “New Architecture” is a movement with a totally opposite approach, underpinned by concern for sustainability and...

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