Jean-Louis Cohen – “Architecture Drafted; Design Expertise and the World War II Experience”

Thursday, February 2
5:30 PM

Stanford University Department of Art & Art History
Cummings Art Building
Free and open to the public  

 Considered as a blank period by most historians, the Second World War corresponds however to an intense body of experience, which can be observed from Japan to the United States, passing through Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. The preparation of war, the total mobilization of territories and cities and their eventual occupation, destruction and reconstruction, are all key episodes in the worldwide process of modernization. Based on more than a decade of research, investigating design activity in the belligerent countries between the bombings of Guernica in 1937 and Hiroshima in 1945, Jean-Louis Cohen‘s book discusses six major themes: war to the cities; producing production; architecture for the front -and the rear; macro to micro, and war to peace. These themes are inserted in a broader interpretive narrative showing how architecture expertise has been both used and reshaped by the war.


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