The Modernist™ Guide to Sheffield was launched at Park Hill during Sheffield Design Week 2015.
Modernist™ Guides are a series of regularly published international City Guides. The Modernist™ Guides purpose is to collate and curate a selection of key architectural destinations in each city that illustrate the evolution of modernism.
Modernism in design and architecture emerged in the aftermath of the First World War, a period when the leading design and artist avant-garde wanted to see a new world free of war, conflict and social inequality. Modernism isn’t one style, many different 20th century styles can be characterised as Modernist, but they all can be seen to share certain core objectives: a belief that design and technology could transform society through innovation and planning; a move away from historical references and applied ornament; a preference for abstraction and minimalism.
Each guide has a large A2 map that showcases the sites where early modernism took root and developed. From the iconic Park Hill to Moore Street Subsatation there are 30+ unique sites spread across time and geography.