From Modern to Postmodern and Beyondrent1
While the word “modern” is still used by most people to describe the architecture of our day architects and architectural historians use another term: “postmodern”. It may seem like semantics to the uninitiated but there is, in fact, a clear distinction to be made between the two. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the current state of architecture as practiced in most of the developed world and try to predict where things might go in the next 10-20 years.
Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?
The fact that postmodern architecture is lumped together in the popular mind with modern architecture doesn’t mean they are the same thing. They’re not. Postmodernism is, in fact, a slap in the face of true modernism, a complete renunciation of what architects of the 80s (when postmodernism first asserted itself) saw as modernism’s arrogance and inhumanity. But in order to understand their objections, we first need to understand how we went from this (Paris Opera) to this (Metropolitan Opera House NY).
Once the floodgates were opened there was no way to close them and modernism’s strict, cold-hearted orthodoxy didn’t stand a chance. Today, postmodern whimsy has reached dizzying new heights in the hands of architects like Frank Gehry, whose Dancing House in Prague is pictured below.
Where Do We Go From Here?