San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
After years of depression and war, the post World War II era was fired up with the necessity for social equity and community welfare. A vision of the future emerged where the physical and intellectual needs of all sections of the community, from infants to the elderly, would be answered. This presentation explores how State and local government brought this promise of a healthy, fair and equable society via Modernist architecture to the suburbs.
Much of what we think of as Modern Movement architecture in the 1950s and 1960s is associated with a period of rampant economic growth and development, and seemingly universal prosperity for everyone. Lean and clean office towers reflected the power and influence of big business, glamorous hotels were evidence of widening opportunities for travel at home and abroad, and spare elegant open planned houses spoke of the good life extending into the great outdoors. But there was another side to the story, which in some cases stretches well back to the first half of the 20th century.