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What is High Modernism?

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High modernism is a school of design and architecture that places complete trust in science and technology. It is characterized by cold logic that views human factors and nature as obstacles to be overcome.
The high modernist style is associated with aesthetic monotony such as large undecorative buildings filled with small rooms with a minimalist interior. The movement peaked in the Cold War decades of 1950-1990 and is associated with large state sponsored initiatives.
Overview: High Modernism
Definition (1)
Unfaltering confidence in science and technology as means to order society.
Definition (2)
A school of architecture that is characterized by austere, abstract and anti-humanist designs.
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