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Posted by  John DeFazio on November 01, 2002 at 12:08:20:

In Reply to:  Re: post-anti-late posted by steve on November 01, 2002 at 05:18:42:

Neo-Modernism... is kind of where are today...

The work that we see from architects like Steven Holl, Reneso Piano or Rem Koolhass... It is kind of a Modernist Reformation. in takes up a lot of the old Modernism tenants but is now "informed" by Post-Modernism, Deconstructionist and other art theories that have occurred in the Post War era...The New Materialism, Post-Structuralism, Phenomenology, Post-Marxist theory , Feminist and Queer theory. It drops a great deal of Modernism's cultural baggage... the Idea that Modernism is universal (International Style), that cities as they were inherited from the 19thC were obsolete and needed to be leveled to start again... that Modernism was to be transformative, that it revolutionize the World Culture and actualize Man.

Neo Modernist's address many of the short comings that Post-Modern theory pointed out... contextualism, sign symbol systems, regional context etc. Like the Post Modernists it is inclusionist, but their works for the most part are without traditional ornament or historical imitation; It utilizes Modern Architecture's abstract formal language to create one of a kind "works".

The work is subjectivist rather the objectivist. Rather tearing down "The City" to start over they create "Interventions" which support the aspects they want reinforce or make visible. They use the whole canon of Modernism... metaphor, surrealism, tectonics anything at their disposal to give (difficult) meaning to their works. they look to not just the biggies for inspirations ie: Wright, Corbu, Gropius, Mies... but also to subtle modernist like Aalto, Scarpa, Kahn, Aspland, Loos, Schindler and Terrangi.. whose work was thought are first though too subjective or willful to their own generation of critics. there is a new emphasis on abstract space, movement, technology, and materiality. Their work tends to be experiential rather than theoretical, poetic rather that literal.

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