The production of this book stems from two of the editors’ longstanding research interests: the representation of architecture in print media, and the complex identity of the second phase of modernism in architecture given the role it played in postwar reconstruction in Europe.

While the history of postwar reconstruction has been increasingly well covered for most European countries, research investigating postwar architectural magazines and journals across Europe – their role in the discourse and production of the built environment and particularly their inter-relationship and differing conceptions of postwar architecture – is relatively undeveloped. Modernism and the Professional Architecture Journal sounds out this territory in a new collection of essays concerning the second phase of the reception and assimilation of modernism in architecture, as it was represented in professional architecture journals during the period of postwar reconstruction (1945–1968).

Professional architecture journals are often seen as conduits of established facts and knowledge. The role mainstream publications play, however, in establishing ‘movements’, ‘trends’ or ‘debates’ tends to be undervalued. In the context of the complex undertaking of postwar reconstruction, the shortage of resources, political uncertainty and the biographical complexities of individual architects, the chapters on key European architecture journals collected here reveal how modernist architecture, and its discourse, was perceived and disseminated in different European countries.

chapter |10 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Swiss journals 1940–1965

Mirroring the difficult departure into modernity

chapter 2|24 pages

Postwar editorial conversations in Germany

Baumeister and Baukunst und Werkform

chapter 3|20 pages

The free bird and its cages

Dutch architectural journals in the first decade after the Second World War

chapter 4|17 pages

Nation building

Sweden’s modernisation and the autonomy of the profession

chapter 5|19 pages

Visual sensibility and the search for form

The Architectural Review in postwar Britain

chapter 6|19 pages

Axe or mirror?

Architectural journals in postwar Hungary

chapter 7|19 pages

Periodicals and the return to modernity after the Spanish Civil War

Arquitectura, Hogar y Arquitectura and Nueva Forma

chapter 10|13 pages

Against the contingencies of Italian Society

Issues of historical continuity and discontinuity in Italy’s postwar architectural periodicals