Alvar Aalto was one of Finland's first Modernists. His unique architectural style is characterized by asymmetry, curved lines, and contrasting natural materials. His early works were flavored with a "heroic functionalism" that was based around the idea that a structure's use should determine its form
Even architecture is not immune to the compelling momentum created by our information-age society. This postindustrial mood is expressed in the designs of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
Koolhaas has always had different ways of engaging the modern than his colleagues -- most of whom (he feels) att
In his heyday, Robert Venturi was more theorist than architect. With a grasp of subtle architectural concepts, Venturi sought to define a Pop architecture for an American society that he claimed was bored by orthodox Modernist architecture. His building designs during the 1960s and 1970s exhibited a
Aldo Rossi fought against the Modernist quest for urban renewal, which he felt produced architecture that tended to devalue the needs of people, to appear at odds with its surroundings, to lack identity, and unintentionally to serve as a tool of class or economic oppression. Rossi brought classical,