LETTER OF SEMINAR 67
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

ARCHITECTURE IN UNIFORM
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Adolphe Willette, « La Discipline allemande se relâche », Le Rire rouge, n°11, 30 janvier 1915, collection particulière.

Max Mengeringhausen. The MERO system. Examples of use proposed in 1943; illustration printed in Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Collection of the author. All rights reserved.

Jean-Louis Cohen
Architecture in Uniform



Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
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           “Architecture in Uniform,” which is the title of Jean-Louis Cohen’s excellent exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, presents projects both known and unknown that came into being between the Nazi’s destruction of Guernica in 1937 and the Allies’ atomic bombardments of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  The interest of his academic research unit lies in its broad observational spectrum of countries that were engaged in the process of war in Europe, Japan, and the United States.  For our seminar, he has agreed to discuss his methods of work and the reasons that drove him to relate gigantic projects as different as the Pentagon in the United States and Auschwitz and the Peenemünde Army Research Center in the territories annexed by the Reich and in Germany.  What they have in common is that they all belong to a “modernization” process involving forms, techniques, and construction procedures.

           Architects, draftsmen, and engineers played a major role in this process whose goal was to give efficient form to war factories from the Pacific to the Urals.

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


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