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Modern or Contemporary Architecture? The Interiors Edition

Blog by Brad Herman | March 11th, 2013

while ago I took a crack at defining the differences between modern and contemporary architecture by looking at the exteriors of 10 homes. In my view modern architecture is rooted in the early- and mid-20th-century architecture that broke with traditional architecture by "embodying the ideals of the machine age: an absence of ornament, structures of steel or concrete, large expanses of glass, a whitewash (usually stucco over brick) or another minimal exterior expression, and open floor plans," as I wrote in that ideabook. To me contemporary architecture is what is being produced now, but that which does not follow a particular stylistic strain — even the strain of modernism. Therefore contemporary is pluralistic but generally forward-looking.