Why, if inspired by American mass production, did modern architecture rise from war torn Europe and not the United States? This question has intrigued architectural historians for some time, and in his forthcoming book From Autos to Architecture sociologist David Gartman explores the topic from the standpoint of social history rather than aesthetics. In doing so he sheds new light on the connection between Europe’s key modernist architects and the influence American production and industrial architecture had on those figures.

The book is out in early October from Princeton Architectural Press.

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