Much of modernist architecture was inspired by the emergence of internationalism: the political movement that aimed to achieve world peace, justice and unity through global collaboration. Mark Crinson here shows how the ideals behind the Tower of Babel - built, as the story goes, by people of one language and with one utopian goal - were effectively adapted by internationalist architecture style and practice in the modern period. Focusing particularly on the points of convergence between modernist and internationalist trends in the 1920s, and again in the immediate post-war years, he underlines how such architecture utilised a cooperative community of builders and a common language of forms. The ‘International Style’ was one manifestation of this new way of thinking, but Crinson shows how the aims of modernist architecture frequently engaged with the substance of an internationalist mindset in addition to sharing surface similarities. Bringing together the visionaries of internationalist projects - including Le Corbusier, Bruno Taut, Berthold Lubetkin, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe - Crinson interweaves ideas of evolution, ecology, utopia, regionalism, socialism, free trade, and anti-colonialism to reveal the possibilities heralded by modernist architecture. Furthermore, he re-connects pivotal figures in architecture with a cast of polymath internationalists such as Patrick Geddes, Julian Huxley, Rabindranath Tagore, Mulk Raj Anand and H. G.
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