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Architecture in Uniform

Designing and Building for the Second World War

Jean-Louis Cohen


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This fascinating book offers a new perspective on the architectural history of the Second World War, which in previous accounts has most often been viewed as a hiatus between peaceful periods of production. Jean-Louis Cohen contends instead that during the years between the bombings of Guernica in 1937 and of Hiroshima in 1945, specific advances were fundamental to the process of modernization and led to the definitive supremacy of modernism in architecture.

Centering the discussion on ten main themes, the author investigates various aspects of architecture's mobilization in the war years, as well as the trajectories of individual architects. He analyzes architectural developments worldwide and takes into account each of the major participants in the war, including the United States, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and the Soviet Union. The book not only focuses on plans, buildings, and technological inventions but also examines the many types of visual representation used for war purposes, enhanced by a rich array of more than 300 illustrations.

Praise For Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War

“Most importantly, Cohen demonstrates how experiences and necessities engendered by the war induced new ways of producing and understanding architecture and modern design after it.”—L.E. Carranza, Choice
— L.E. Carranza

 Winner, 2012 Art Book Prize, as given by the Authors' Club.
— The Art Book Prize

Winner, 2013 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award presented by the Society of Architectural Historians.
— Alice Davis Hitchcock Award

Editions Hazan, Paris , 9782754105309, 448pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 2011

About the Author

Jean-Louis Cohen is the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has been curator for numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America and has published scores of books, most recently Mies van der Rohe (2007). His project the Cité de l'architecture — a museum and research and exhibition center in Paris — opened in 2007.