The Modernist #39 2021
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When we think of buildings designed for taking the lives of our fellow human beings, bunkers in Northern France, machine gun positions crumbling on our coastlines, or in some forlorn corner of a forgotten battlefield, all come to mind. These visual reminders of past conflicts – the work of Friedrich Tamms, Organization Todt, or a myriad of defence planners across the world – are the most explicit reminder of the role of buildings in the service of death. more
In this issue The Modernist examines the role of a few of these structures, some hidden in plain sight such as the Capenhurst Works, others less conspicuous. It looks at the legacy of the Cold War, and what might be the best way to deal with some of the infrastructure it left behind. Beyond the UK, Killer gives us an alternative look at Chernobyl Power Station, concentrating on its ideological state aesthetic rather than its fatal design flaw. It also explores the impending death of Berlin’s Mäusebunker, a ‘stranded warship’ of experimentation which provides our striking cover image.