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Architecture: Modern Vs. Postmodern

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Sarah Thornley

on 21 September 2012

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Transcript of Architecture: Modern Vs. Postmodern

Sarah Thornley, P.2 Modern vs. Postmodern Thesis: Modern and Postmodern architecture have many similarites and differences, which will be compared and contrasted throughout my project. Modern Architecture:
-Developed after WW1, but gained in popularity after WW2
-Developed by those against the lavish and expensive appearance in Victorian and European architecture.
-Follows a "form follows function" and "truth to materials" notion, meaning that the result of a design should come from its purpose, and that none of the materials should try and be concealed as something else. (e.g a concrete slab as a wall).
- Showed a use of less materials, as well as more natural light.
-First modern buildings were skycrapers Post-Modern Architecture
-Showed up in late 60's, gained popularity in early 1980's.
-Same philosophy as modern, although buildings use more cylindrical and whimsical shapes as opposed to strictly rectangles, and horizontal/vertical lines.
-Drew from past styles , such as Greek and Roman, and brought the return of the column. -Both use very little construction materials
-Use tons of natural light
-Use geometric shapes Comparison Contrast Modern strictly uses horizontal and vertical lines, as well as rectangular shapes.
Postmodern shows a use of "Dr. Suess" or whimsical like shapes.
Modern houses are very simple, while postmodern shows a greater use of ornamental styles, drawn from the art-deco period. Famous Modern Architects:
Louis Sullivan (1856-1924): Father of the modern day skyscraper, Frank Lloyd Wright's mentor.
Frank Lloyd Wright:(1867-1959)
Works include Falling Water and The Robie House
Daniel Burnham (1846-1912)
Laid the foundation for many urban design theories. Most famous work - Flatiron building, NY, NY. Famous Postmodern Architects:
Robert Venturi- wrote the book "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" (published in 1966). It opened architects eyes to a completely new style of architecture. He is considered the forefront of the entire post-modern movement. KEY TERMS:
Art Deco
Articulation Works Cited:
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