A history of architecture - Postmodernism

Watching the architecture of the '60s one have to remember that it was a decade of the New Left, the pantheon 3xM (Marx, Marcuse, Mao), the era of hippies and Woodstock. The symbols of the times were pacifism, Black Panthers, the revolution of manners, pop-art, anti-art, counter-culture and the Paris event in May 1968 - one word - full dismantling of the structures of wealth-society.

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Defining Postmodern Architecture and Its Characteristics

By Cockram Surveyors

Postmodern architecture style and comfort addresses the needs of the present generation. The idea of postmodernism first emerged in the early 1950?s which featured a wide range of ideals and practices that are not normally perceived "acceptable" based on traditional philosophies. It has influenced every area of discipline, including Arts and Architecture. Several architectural designs adapted the 'international' design in the said decade.  However, postmodern architecture was not made a movement until the 70?s.

Postmodern architecture is derived from a previous movement called Modern Functionalism, wherein the designs are centered on the usability. However, emerging architects at that time viewed functionalism as "boring" and unwelcoming. With the conceptualization of Postmodernism, architects merged Art and functionality in one broad concept. Properties adapting postmodern architecture are popular in the real estate industry nowadays and could have a greater value in the future. If you're gaining interest in postmodern architecture, it is right for you to know what makes a good property adapting this kind of architectural movement.

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Charles Jenks on Postmodern Architecture

By Charles Jencks 

?(From Jencks, Postmodernism: The New Classicism in Art and Architecture)??

Jencks argues that postmodern architecture "contrast(s) with the older notion of classical rules in being understood as relative rather than absolute, responses to a world of fragmentation, pluralism and inflation rather than formulae to be applied indiscriminately." (330)??

1.The most obvious new convention concerns beauty and composition. Instead of Renaissance harmony and Modernist integration, we have dissonant beauty or disharmonious harmony. In a new pluralist society an oversimplified unity is either false or unchallenging. The juxtaposition of tastes and world views is more real than modernism was prepared to allow. This also comes from contemporary science's conviction that the universe is dynamic and changing. Classical forms have mirrored a universe that was static and in harmony. The Renaissance gave us architecture that was well proportioned, on Greek lines, and mirrored the microcosm and the macrocosm. Now, we don't have any one theory of the microcosm that is "true".?

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What Is Postmodern Architecture?

By Unknown Author

Born of malaise in the 1950s, postmodern architecture slowly gained steam in the second half of the 20th century to counter the more rigid international and modernist styles that were starting to take over many urban skylines. The postmodern style is characterized by whimsy and perhaps a little excess, as the alchemy of various architectural traditions to form a diversity of forms and aesthetic points of view. Many of the larger commercial buildings constructed in 2011 can be said to represent postmodern architecture.

One general way in which postmodern construction differs from earlier styles is the degree to which the construction abandons the utilitarian focus of the modernist movement of architecture for more technically unnecessary elements. For example, a modern skyscraper could be adorned with staggering ledges featuring gabling, or classical columns could be incorporated not for any pragmatic reason but instead for aesthetic purposes. Another name for this blending of old and new styles is neo-eclectic architecture.

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