"Since about 1960, Modern Architecture, or the International Style and its related models, has changed dramatically. It has evolved into a new style, a "Late" version of its former [or quondam] self, and, at the same time, has undergone a mutation to become a new species--"Post"-Modern. Such changes in architectural history have occurred before--Late-Minoan, Late-Gothic, Late-Baroque are all examples of historical periods when a previous style was exaggerated--and Late-Modern architecture also exaggerates the period it comes after, the Early- and High-Modern architecture produced from 1920 to 1960. By contrast, Post-Modern architecture is a more definite split from preexisting tradition, just as the Renaissance broke away from the Late-Gothic: but it is a selective, not total, rejection of the previous era. Post-Modern architects are trained, after all, by Modern architects, and they have to adopt contemporary constructional methods; so there are several important ways in which they too are an evolutionary species."
first paragraph of "The Evolution and Mutation of Modern Architecture" in Charles Jencks, Architecture Today, 1982 (published in Britain as Current Architecture).
but then again...
"An essential reason for using symbolism today is that it can provide a diversity of architectural vocabularies appropriate for a plurality of tastes and sensitive to qualities of heritage and place. This use suits the need to respond in our time to both mass culture and pluralistic expression. Today the world is at once smaller and more diverse, more interdependent yet more nationalistic; even small communities seriously maintain ethnic identities and carefully record local history. People are now more aware of the differences among themselves yet more tolerant of these differences."
Robert Venturi, "Diversity, releance and representation in historicism, or plus ca chance..." in Architectural Record, June 1982.
020227a Ichnographia Quondam study 2392i16
020227b Axis of Life/Benjamin Franklin Parkway 2110i50
020227c Benjamin Franklin Parkway/Axis of Life 2110i51
020227d Schizophrenic Folds plans 2307i01
Re: WTC design study
Now I get it. The whole WTC design event so far is more than anything a museum of lobbies(?).
Museum Collecting Point One: Monument Hysterique.
"So what do you do?"
"I collect museums."
RFP / PERSPECTA 44: ping
Is Request For Participation the theme of Perspecta 44?
Is Anxieties or Dreams the theme of Perspecta 44?
Is Ping Pong the theme of Perspecta 44?
Is Beggars Can Be Choosers the theme of Perspecta 44?
RFP / PERSPECTA 44: ping
Who does a bi-political architecture represent?
What does a bi-political architecture represent?
When does a bi-political architecture represent?
Where does a bi-political architecture represent?
How does a bi-political architecture represent?
18022701 Richard Meier Smith House photos: Mike Schwartz