Transcontinental Modernism: How to Find the Shortcut





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


More than ever, it is urgent to expand the new emerging consciousness focused on the need to include other territories in our efforts to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the “Modern Diaspora.” Recently, the development of concepts such as ‘hybrid’ or the ‘otherness’ has been promoting a nuanced historical analysis on architecture and politics in the 20th century beyond a Eurocentric vision. The recognition that a widespread awareness of the Modern Movement architecture has always been serving colonization involves rethinking the basic principle of Modern welfare society and practiced architecture as a mission: how Modern principles have been exchanged, resulting from a Eurocentric culture with the cultures of East and Africa.

How to Cite

Tostões, A. (2013). Transcontinental Modernism: How to Find the Shortcut. Docomomo Journal, (48), 30–33.




Author Biography

Ana Tostões, University of Lisbon

Is chair of docomomo International ( Architect, architecture historian and associate professor with habilitation at IST–UTL, Lisbon, where she is coordinating the architectural PhD Program. Her research field is the twentieth century architectural and urban history with an emphasis on rehabilitation practices, focusing especially on post–war architectural culture and relations between European, African and American. On these topics she has published widely, curated exhibitions, and taken part in juries and scientific committees. Tostões has been vice–president of the Portuguese Border of Architects and the Portuguese section of the International Association of Art Critics. She’s actually coordinating the research project (PTDC/AUR–AQI/103229/2008) EWV: Exchanging World Visions. The project aims to study Sub–Sahara African architecture and planning mostly built in Angola and Mozambique during the Modern Movement period.