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Charles Jencks - The Story of Post-Modernism: Five Decades of the Ironic, Iconic and Critical in Architecture

Jul 23 '13 9 Last Comment
daniele scarpa kosdaniele scarpa kos
Jul 23, 13 1:36 pm

>>>In The Story of Post-Modernism, Charles Jencks, the authority on Post-Modern architecture and culture, provides the defining account of Post-Modern architecture from its earliest roots in the early 60s to the present day. By breaking the narrative into seven distinct chapters, which are both chronological and overlapping, Jencks charts the ebb and flow of the movement, the peaks and troughs of different ideas and themes...

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Kos Scarpa Kos
Jul 24, 13 6:00 pm

>>>t author of the cover is the Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp,  wife of architect Rem Koolhaas

citizen
Jul 24, 13 7:36 pm

The irony of the title just hit me.

Less so for architecture, but in other humanities fields the concept of post-modernism is completely antithetical to a grand, overarching narrative.  Instead, the PM project is all about multiple narratives, conflicting viewpoints, and subaltern voices typically excluded from The Story.

Quondam
Jul 25, 13 8:29 am

But 'the story' of Post-Modern architecture indeed comprises multiple narratives, conflicting viewpoints, and subaltern voices. From the very beginning Jencks described the language of Post-Modern architecture as schizophrenic, even.

citizen
Jul 25, 13 11:42 am

It's just the title that strikes me, that's all.

Quondam
Jul 25, 13 12:13 pm

It's just your second paragraph that strikes me, that's ironic.

citizen
Jul 25, 13 12:29 pm

Okay...

Joe Soda
Aug 1, 13 10:45 am

Didn't Jencks invent Post-Modernism?  Isn't the story of post-modernism therefore the story of Charles Jencks?

Nam HendersonNam Henderson
Aug 1, 13 11:07 am

@Joe do you mean in architecture or generally? He may have been one of first to use in context of architecture (not sure) but definitely not generally.

Kos Scarpa Kos
Aug 14, 13 2:52 pm

>>>1 note

On 2012 Jencks offered a critical analysis called "Notes on the Complexities of Post-Modernism", of the V&A's exhibition, "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990" in 1 review. Although Jencks was represented in the exhibition, he criticised the curators for trying to "tell the story of Post-Modernism with objects and style alone."

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