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>>>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...
>>>t author of the cover is the Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp, wife of architect Rem Koolhaas
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.
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.
It's just the title that strikes me, that's all.
It's just your second paragraph that strikes me, that's ironic.
Didn't Jencks invent Post-Modernism? Isn't the story of post-modernism therefore the story of Charles Jencks?
@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.
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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