Modernism as Accommodation


Kenny Cupers, with Laura Martínez de Guereñu
in: Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions, edited by Barry Bergdoll and Jonathan Massey, 2018

Focusing on Marcel Breuer’s “ZUP de Bayonne” in the southwest of France, this book chapter examines the historical relationship between corporate architectural practice, so often identified with the so-called Pax Americana, and the epistemology of the European welfare state.

About the edited volume: Often seen as a pioneer of a “brutalist modernism” of reinforced concrete, Marcel Breuer might best be understood through the lens of the changing institutional structures in and for which he worked. More recently historians, architects, and – with the reopening of the great megalith of his Whitney Museum as the Met Breuer in New York – a larger public are gaining new insights into the cities and large-scale buildings Breuer planned.