Architecture is always evolutionary. The great European
cities designed in previous centuries, from Amsterdam to
Venice, still pass on principles and ideas that inspire the
architects of our time. But in the 20th century there was
an extraordinary amount of new architectural thinking
that radically changed the look of our built environment.
Movements like Bauhaus introduced modernism to
Europe and beyond, with Le Corbusier, van der Rohe and
others bringing a spareness of line and form and, with
technological advances, a confident use of new materials.

The tension between the possibilities for increased scale
and the need to create buildings for people ensured
continuing debate and constant developments of
architectural style. Newhall shows contemporary European
architecture at its best, buildings of great variety and
individuality that respect but imaginatively interpret the