Americanism, the pattern of idealization, imitation and criticisms with which European architects greeted American urban models and building practices, is the subject of Scenes of the World to Come: European Architecture and the American Challenge, 1893–1960.

The skyscrapers, massive industrial plants, and new sense of mobility and efficiency of North America became a symbol of the future to Europeans, who perceived these developments with both visionary excitement and alarm. Scenes of the World to Come makes these responses palpable by drawing together more than 350 objects from collections throughout Europe and North America.

Part of the CCA exhibition series The American Century.

Curator: Jean-Louis Cohen, École d’Architecture Paris-Villemin and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Selected objects


Other exhibitions in the series


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