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

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In The Story of Post-Modernism, Charles Jencks, theauthority on Post-Modern architecture and culture, provides thedefining account of Post-Modern architecture from its earliestroots in the early 60s to the present day. By breaking thenarrative into seven distinct chapters, which are bothchronological and overlapping, Jencks charts the ebb and flow ofthe movement, the peaks and troughs of different ideas and themes.

  • The book is highly visual. As well as providing a chronologicalaccount of the movement, each chapter also has a special feature onthe major works of a given period.
  • The first up-to-date narrative of Post-Modern Architecture -other major books on the subject were written 20 years ago.
  • An accessible narrative that will appeal to students who arenew to the subject, as well as those who can remember its heyday inthe 70s and 80s.

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In the late 20th century, Post-Modernism was the leadingglobal movement in architecture. It questioned the assumption of asingle style and cultural totality and effectively stopped theModern Movement in its tracks. In 1972, this was symbolised by thedemolition of Pruitt-Igoe Housing in St Louis, Missouri, the firstlarge-scale modernist housing scheme to be blown up by publicdemand. Following further detonations, a positive set of traditionsflowed into the growing Post-Modern stream, and the pluralistphilosophy so active today. Notable were Contextualism and RadicalEclecticism, Post-Modern Classicism and Regionalism, theHeteropolis and the new level of public engagement in citydevelopment. After twenty years of success, and then the inevitablecommercial rips-offs, Post-Modern architecture succumbed to ersatz,debased by fashion as other leading movements before it. Yet, inanother historical turn at the Millennium, plural cultures sought aricher identity than the Minimalism on offer and the result was thesecond great flowering of Post-Modernism. Now, much aided by thecomputer and the worldwide web this tradition re-emerged in anoutburst of iconic architecture, a patterned ornament driven bydigitisation and the complexity paradigm, which has provided thelarger ecological and cosmic picture. Ironically, subtracted of itsPost-Modern label, this richer architecture again flourishes as thealternative to a mechanistic modernism.

In The Story of Post-Modernism, Charles Jencks, anauthority on the subject, provides a lively and accessible accountof Post-Modern architecture from its roots in the early 60s to thepresent day. In an evolutionary diagram, Jencks charts the varietyof streams that now make up the river delta and discusses the maincharacters from James Stirling to Frank Gehry and Herzog & deMeuron.

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Charles Jencks is an American architectural theorist, author and landscape architect. He has a BA in English Lit, BA and MA in Architecture and a PhD in Architectural History. He guest lectures on architecture in cultural institutions across the world.

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