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The International Style

The International Style

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the International Style in architecture.

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Notes on "The International Style"


Image of Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, Creative Commons,; Image of Mies van der Rohe, Seagram Building, Public Domain,; Image of Niemeyer, Brazilian National Congress, Creative Commons,;

Terms to Know

An architectural construction technique seen in bridges, buildings, and balconies that uses a support beam that overhangs without bracing.

International Style

An architectural style based upon the philosophy that "form follows function" and characterized by having qualities of volume, balance, with no ornamentation.


Supports such as columns or piers, usually made of reinforced concrete, that raise a building off of the ground and create an open ground level.

Reinforced Concrete

Concrete material that has been strengthened usually by embedded steel rods.