On Modern Architecture and Synthesis of the Arts: Dilemmas, Approaches, Vicissitudes






Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The concept of “synthesis of the arts” became, in the 1940s, a leading principle in the search for renewing and improving modern architecture. Integration with painting and sculpture sought at bringing closer architecture and the people. But many dilemmas stood on the way: from the collaboration processes and the unity of the artistic experience, to “art for art’s sake” predominance or its social content. In the university cities of Mexico and Caracas as well as Burle Marx’s landscapes, the concept of integration reached wider scales. But it found its crisis in the extension to urban planning and the city - which had been, paradoxically, its ultimate target.

How to Cite

Torrent, H. (2010). On Modern Architecture and Synthesis of the Arts: Dilemmas, Approaches, Vicissitudes. Docomomo Journal, (42), 6–13. https://doi.org/10.52200/42.A.CYZLHO7G




Author Biography

Horacio Torrent, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Is an architect, PhD, author of several publications on Latin American architecture and urbanism. His publications include Arquitectura Reciente en Chile: Las Lógicas del Proyecto (2001) and Chilean Modern Architecture since 1950 (2010). He received the ARIAH Fellowship in 1997, and was granted the Research Award by the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura in 2006. He is professor of History of Modern Architecture, director of research and graduate programs at the School of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and chair of docomomo Chile.