Postmodernism Modernist Analysis

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In this essay that follows, my main intention is to critically analyse a postmodernist architect according to the characteristics, concepts and ideologies of Postmodernism. I will be unpacking the connection between postmodernism and my architect. I have found two key examples that shall be utilized for a visual analysis to substantiate the point that I am putting across. What is postmodernism? According to Hart (2004:14) “Post modernism is an open set of approaches, attitudes and styles to art and culture that started by questioning or exceeding or tooling with one or more aspects of modernism.” This shows that postmodernism is a movement that fed from modernist styles as inspiration to create artistic elements that will be appealing to the…show more content…
Majority of current architectures are still inspired by postmodernism. It is known for exaggerating ornamentation, including fascinating lines and curves and creating a unique eye catching finish. Hart makes a point that postmodernism is collage and pastiche, parody and irony (2004:08). This shows that postmodernism always gets people in awe of its irony and originality. Postmodernism always exaggerates its structures and physical characteristics to blend in with its conceptual sketches. One important thing about it is that all the things it does are not necessary and that’s what makes it…show more content…
Steven Izenour’s design are rather postmodernism which seems to be dysfunctional to some people. Postmodernists’ do things that modernist wouldn’t do in their era. Through this essay you can see that Steven Izenour is not only an urban designer, theorist, co-author or an architecture but a successful Post-modernist. He has worked with the best namely; Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and his late father George Izenour. These influential people have helped create a name for himself worldwide. Hart puts across that; “The postmodernism, he argued, was an attitude of suspicion towards the modern. Why? Because the modern always appeals to a ‘meta-narrative’ of some kind, something that overarches all human activities and serve to guide them.” (2004:02) This shows that Steven Izenour was able to persuade the modern human to be interested in postmodernism through his designs and works of art. If a designer’s work can make people follow his trend even when the trend is long overdue it shows that they are good in what they do. Steven has the potential to grab ones attention through his work and this is what makes him
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