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Posted by  Paul Malo on September 13, 2002 at 12:03:46:

In Reply to:  Re: tradition and innovation posted by steve on September 13, 2002 at 10:54:34:

Yes, to Renzo and also yes, to Santiago. These are "authentic" architects, in my view. I'm not referring to their styles, which are their own. They are their own styles BECAUSE the architects are authentic--which is to say, they are NOT stylists. Much (probably most) of what we see today is mere styling, or consciously trying to be "with it" in terms of prevailing taste. Piano and Calatrava don't worry about taste. They HAVE taste.

My taste and style, like yours, I suspect, are different, just as these two architects "voices" are different from each other. Stylists, however, don't have personal voices--they merely mimic the voices of others.

Is the difference of these architects' styles a "modern" phenomenon, then, or "postmodern"? I would say that we are all postmodern, like it or not, because we find ourselves in the postmodern condition when "authenticity" may be our only guide, rather than a modernist canon of orthodoxy.

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