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    FROM VERNACULAR TO MODERN IN SWEDEN

    The history of architecture in Sweden over the last four centuries is one of "functionalistic eclecticism," with traditions borrowed from other cultures, molded by national politics, and blended into uniquely Swedish form.

    Sweden's traditional building culture was anonymous, exemplified by the Bjoerkvik storehouse, a nobleman's showpiece. But in the 1600s, Sweden began to fight its way to a position of international influence that spurred huge architectural ambitions. The traditional artistry continued and coexisted with high-profile architecture.

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    LUBETKIN'S HIGH POINT

    Born in Tbilisi, Georgia and educated in Moscow and Paris, architect Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990) practiced primarily in the United Kingdom. His designs were characterized by clear geometric figures, technical ingenuity, and a vision of modernism inspired by Le Corbusier. Widely regarded as the most outstanding architect of his generation in England, Lubetkin was awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1982. The Highpoint apartment blocks are considered among his most influential works. Editor

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