16 Facts About Postmodern architecture


Postmodern architecture is a style or movement which emerged in the 1960s as a reaction against the austerity, formality, and lack of variety of modern architecture, particularly in the international style advocated by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock.

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Postmodern architecture emerged in the 1960s as a reaction against the perceived shortcomings of modern architecture, particularly its rigid doctrines, its uniformity, its lack of ornament, and its habit of ignoring the history and culture of the cities where it appeared.

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Postmodern architecture went on to design, in the 1960s and 1970s, a series of buildings which took into account both historic precedents, and the ideas and forms existing in the real life of the cities around them.

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Postmodern architecture later followed up his landmark buildings by designing large, low-cost retail stores for chains such as Target and J C Penney in the United States, which had a major influence on the design of retail stores in city centers and shopping malls.

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Postmodern architecture worked with Mies on another iconic modernist project, the Seagrams Building in New York City.

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Postmodern architecture broke their traditional design giving them an unfinished and unstable look.

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Postmodern architecture was a first critic of modernist architecture, blaming modernism for the destruction of British cities in the years after World War II.

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Postmodern architecture designed colorful public housing projects in the postmodern style, as well as the Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany and the Kammertheater in Stuttgart, as well as the Arthur M Sackler Museum at Harvard University in the United States.

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Postmodern architecture was noted for combining rigorous and pure forms with evocative and symbolic elements taken from classical architecture.

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One of the most influential buildings of the Postmodern architecture period was the Berlin Philharmonic, designed by Hans Scharoun and completed in 1963.

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Postmodern architecture first emerged as a reaction against the doctrines of modern architecture, as expressed by modernist architects including Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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Postmodern architecture buildings had curved forms, decorative elements, asymmetry, bright colours, and features often borrowed from earlier periods.

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Postmodern architecture sometimes used the same sense of theatricality, sense of the absurd and exaggeration of forms.

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Postmodernity in architecture is said to be heralded by the return of "wit, ornament and reference" to architecture in response to the formalism of the International Style of modernism.

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Postmodern architecture has been described as neo-eclectic, where reference and ornament have returned to the facade, replacing the aggressively unornamented modern styles.

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Postmodern architecture'sdding water away from the center of the building, such a roof form always served a functional purpose in climates with rain and snow, and was a logical way to achieve larger spans with shorter structural members, but it was nevertheless relatively rare in Modernist buildings.

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