Our travel follows the trajectory of modern industrial architecture, primarily of the interwar period, examining the influence that was drawn from Detroit architect Albert Kahn, and the Fordist model in general. With the original intent to compose direct comparisons between modern industrial buildings in Europe and Albert Kahn factories in Michigan, the course took us on a four-week journey through England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. This specific collection of countries guided us through a comprehensive sweep of “Amerikanismus,” or American influence abroad, fostered primarily by the cross-continental distribution of photographs during the early 20th century. Being first aware of Nikolaus Pevsner’s idea that the Lincoln Cathedral (a place we visited!) is Architecture and the bicycle shed is building, our quest was to grasp at what separates these core European buildings from Kahn buildings. In essence, we ventured to Europe in search of “Architecture with a capital A.”

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