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British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale




Credit: Cristiano Corte

About the British Pavilion 

A Clockwork Jerusalem explores how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a specifically British form of Modernism.

The exhibition focusses on the mature flowering of British Modernism; the moment it was at its most ambitious socially, politically and architecturally, but which also witnessed its collapse. A variety of large scale projects offer insights into the way architecture was central to manufacturing a new vision of society at a scale inconceivable in today’s Britain. It explores how the modern future of Britain was built from an unlikely combination of interests and shows how these projects have changed our physical and imaginative landscapes.

Credit: British Council

Credit: The Architectural Review

An in-depth interview with the curators of the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Crimson Architectural Historians. Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost discuss the failings of the garden city model, the intersection of British popular culture and Modernist architecture, and why architecture is not a craft.

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