This richly illustrated work of journalism provides a survey of the main developments in European architecture from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. An unusual feature is the considerable attention devoted to the architecture of Central and Eastern Europe.
Genuinely European Histories of European and Western architecture of the twentieth century have always placed great emphasis on the architecture of Western Europe. During the era of the Iron Curtain, developments in Eastern Europe were hidden from the eyes of West Europeans. But in spite of this division, it is still possible to speak of a genuinely ‘European’ architecture.
Giving form to developments in society A specific European architecture has developed from the end of the nineteenth century, when the cities of Europe began to grow explosively. It is characteristic that in designing their buildings, architects have always tried to give form to the developments that were taking place in society: Deconstructivist buildings like the Guggenheim in Bilbao to give expression to today’s confusing and uncertain society; sturdy Communist buildings as a model for the toiling workers of the time; and elegant, simple Bauhaus buildings for a healthy living environment for all.
* > Hans Ibelings is an architectural historian and editor-in-chief of A10, an international journal for new European architecture. Since 2004 the A10 journal, website and yearbook have been devoting considerable attention to the developments in contemporary European architecture, with ample coverage of Central and Eastern Europe.