Modern or neoclassical architecture is a way of designing buildings with similar features. Under this style of architecture, the structures are simpler and less decorative. Some believe its origin to be a result of social and political revolution. However, others assume it to be driven by technological and engineering developments. Modern architecture follows the principle in which the materials and functional requirements determine the result, by making more use of machines. In this field, an architect is expected to design an expressed structure which has been assigned a function or is mainly purpose driven.
During the late 18th and 19th centuries, the fields of manufacturing, agriculture, production and transportation underwent a sudden change. This also had a huge impact on the world of architecture. Creations of renowned architects such as Sir Joseph Paxton, William Baron Jenny, and Louis Henri Sullivan are the testimonials to the extraordinary development of modern architecture. By the 1920s, Le Cobusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Wasmuth Portfolio had become popular for the structures built by them. Frank Lloyd Wright was another American architect who had been involved in more than 1000 projects which resulted in more than 500 great structures.
A wave of development in the business and commercial areas during 1932-1984 also led to increase in the importance of modern architecture. Modernism was at that time considered to be a matter of taste, a reaction against eclecticism. Eclecticism is a type of combined style of the fine arts which includes the borrowing of a variety of Art movements from different sources and combining them for the purpose of construction.
It was when the engineers and architects started using iron, steel, and glass to enclose the huge open interior spaces of train sheds, department stores, and market halls that modern architecture was established. Some examples of the modern structures were the construction of Crystal Palace in London in 1851 and the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889. Moreover, famous architects like Francois Hennebique, Aususte Perret, and Ernest Ransome conducted various experiments in France and in the United States which brought transformation in the former styles of architecture.