Post-war Futurism

23 Nov
Library, University of California, Irvine (William Pereira, 1965) Cathedral, Brasilia (Oscar Niemeyer, 1960) McGaugh Hall, University of California, Irvine (Arthur Erickson, 1991)
Paris, near the Maison de la Radio Ferrohouse in Zurich (Justus Dahinden, 1970) Library, Oral Roberts University, (Frank Wallace, 1963)
 
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Sir Frederick Gibberd, 1967. Boston City Hall  
     
In the post-WWII era, futurism, toned down considerably, redefined itself in the context of Space Age trends, the car culture and a fascination with plastic. An example of this type of futurism is Googie architecture of 1950s California. Futurism is not a style but an open approach to architecture, so it has been reinterpreted by different generations of architects across several decades, but is usually marked by striking shapes, dynamic lines, strong contrasts and use of advanced materials.


Capitol Records building, Hollywood, California (Welton Becket, 1956)

Post WWII architects with futurist tendencies

In the popular literature futurist is often used loosely to be describe architecture that has a strange or space age look. It is now sometimes conflated with blob architecture. The looser usage of futurism—which rarely involves issues of politics—is to be differentiated from the Futurist Movement of the 1920s.

César Pelli
Santiago Calatrava
Archigram
Louis Armet
Welton Becket
Arthur Erickson
Future Systems
Zaha Hadid
John Lautner
Virgilio Marchi
Wayne McAllister
Oscar Niemeyer
William Pereira
Patricio Pouchulu
Eero Saarinen
Marianne Koch

Examples of post WWII futurism

Capitol Records building, Hollywood, California (Welton Becket, 1956)
Tomorrowland, at Disneyland in Anaheim, is perhaps the most famous outpost of futurism in the world.
Capitol Records building, Los Angeles (Welton Becket, 1956)
Dakin Building, Brisbane, California (Theodore Brown, 1986)
Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, Florida
Space Needle, Seattle (Victor Steinbrueck, 1963)
Theme Building, Los Angeles International Airport (James Langenheim, 1961)
Fiat Tagliero Building, Asmara, Eritrea (Giuseppe Pettazzi, 1938)
California State University, Fullerton buildings (Howard van Heuklyn, 1967-1972)
Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai (Jia Huan Sheng, 1995)
Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco (William Pereira, 1974)
Burj al-Arab Hotel, Dubai (Thomas Wright, 1999)
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles (John Portman, 1976)
Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York (Wallace Harrison, 1965-1978)
Oral Roberts University (Frank Wallace, 1963)
The Federal District of Brasilia, Brazil (Oscar Niemeyer, 1960)
The Illinois, Chicago (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1956) This mile-tall skyscaper was believed feasible, but was never built.
TWA Flight Center at Idlewild (now John F. Kennedy) Airport, New York City (Eero Saarinen, 1962)
Louvre Pyramid, Paris (I. M. Pei, 1989)
CN Tower, Toronto
Jeppesen Terminal at Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
US Pavilion at Expo 67, Montreal (Buckminster Fuller, 1967)

References
^ Günter Berghaus (2000). International Futurism in Arts and Literature. Walter de Gruyter. p. 364. ISBN 3110156814.

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