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Aim To become familiar with the various theoretical positions and writings in the histories and theories of western architecture Task To select two articles from a list issues of the journal Architectural Design AD that you consider difficult Present a summary of the hey argument contained in each article Article 1 Charles Jenicks Post-Modernism and Discontinuity Vol 57 1-2 1987 Architectural Design The article begins to discuss how the Post-Modernism movement was a response to the modernist movement of simplified architecture and bland furnishingspg5 The discontinuity of the post-modernist movement was a way of dealing with this simplistic architectural form The modernists vision was maintained through extreme measures in case anyone got ot of line or made a mess with personalized ashtray battalions of janitors equipped with floor plans and precise aesthetic commands would march out every night to edit diverse reality and return it to the perfect corporate dream pg5 I believe the main argument put forward about the Post-Modern movement was that Discontinuity is legitimate if limited strategy for art and architecture in the pluralist age one that expresses our contradictions and inconsistencies as Venturi and Stirling insist But it is necessarily incomplete method until it is supplemented by a symbolic program or some unifying plot pg8 French philosopher Jean-Francois argued that there are no meta-narratives of religion politics social vision or aesthetics that can command universal assent today pg6 Part of the Post Modernists approach to new building development was not to design large corporate schemes as one but instead to design them as though imitating the city of memory built over time pg7 so the building appeared as if many architects constructed them for different if related clients pg7 This form of mimicking a city built over time was the essence of architects such as Jeremy Dixon James Stirling Dixon uses the buildings Faade for such mimicking And this faade is peeled
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