An Updated Critical Theory Of Modernism

Michael Mehaffy argues that traditional architects need an improved understanding of Modernism in order to counter its apparent resurgencein recent years.
May 20, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"There is an emerging movement in architecture today that seeks to revive aspects of traditional architecture, as an antidote to modernism. Indeed, as I shall describe, there are indications in the new sciences that offer support for the great sophistication and adaptive power of traditional processes.But the traditionalists have fallen into a political trap: they have been branded as backward and 'reactionary' in contrast to the modernists, who hold themselves out as the forward-looking alternative. This has been seen in a number of recent high-profile events such as the World Trade Center reconstruction design competition in New York City."

Thanks to Matthew Hardy

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Published on Monday, May 19, 2003 in INTBAU
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