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Revisiting Postmodernism

By Terry Farrell, Adam Nathaniel Furman

© 2018 – RIBA Publishing

224 pages

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Revisiting Postmodernism offers an engaging, wide-ranging and highly illustrated account of postmodernism in architecture from its roots in the 1940s to its ongoing relevance today. This book invites readers to see Postmodernism in a new light: not just a style but a cultural phenomenon that embraces all areas of life and thrives on complexity and pluralism, in contrast to the strait-laced, single-style, top-down inclination of its predecessor, Modernism. While focusing on architecture, this book also explores aspects such as urban masterplanning, furniture design, art and literature. Looking at Postmodernism through the lens of examples from around the world, each chapter explores the movement in the UK on the one hand, and its international counterparts on the other, reflecting on the historical movement but also how postmodernism influences practices today. This book offers the insider’s view on postmodernism by Sir Terry Farrell, a recognised pioneer in the field of postmodern architecture and a prestigious and authoritative participant in the postmodern movement. Written by one of postmodernism’s greatest pioneers Traces the origins of Postmodernism back to earlier than is generally suggested, and posits that figures usually considered as pure Modernists in fact sowed the seeds of Postmodernism – redefining our notion of what the term means. Covers postmodernism as it exists today and looks at examples from current postmodern practices. Focuses on architecture but also embraces other areas of design, culture and life, including urban planning and place making. Engaging, accessible tone, suitable for a broad range of readers – architects, students, designers and the public.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1.Cultural Counter-Currents: Postmodernism in its Historical Place 2. Postmodernism’s High Period (1965-1995) 3. Legacy and Continuity: We Are All Post Modernists Now Interview between Terry & Adam Nathaniel, hosted by Elizabeth Webster

About the Authors

Sir Terry Farrell CBE is considered to be the UK’s leading architect planner. He has completed many award winning buildings and masterplans including Embankment Place and The Home Office Headquarters as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre for Life in Newcastle. Other notable projects include the TV-am headquarters in Camden Lock, the redevelopment of Comyn Ching Triangle in London's Covent Garden, Charing Cross Station, and the MI6 headquarters building. In 2013 he was voted the individual who made the Greatest Contribution to London’s Planning and Development over the last 10 years. Terry is a prominent voice in British architecture and planning, and in 2014 at the invitation of the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Terry and his firm commenced the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, to offer expert guidance on the direction of British architecture. Farrell was awarded CBE in 1996 and made a Knight Bachelor in 2001.

Adam Nathaniel Furman is a London based designer whose practice ranges from architecture and interiors to sculpture, installation, writing and product design. He pursues research through his teaching role at Central St Martins, and the Research Group 'Saturated Space' which he runs at the Architectural Association, exploring colour in Architecture and Urbanism through events, lectures and publications. He was Designer in Residence at the Design Museum in London for 2013-14, received the Blueprint Award for Design Innovation in 2014, was awarded the UK Rome Prize for Architecture 2014-15, was one of the Architecture Foundation's "New Architects" in 2016, and was described by Rowan Moore, architecture critic for the Observer, as one of the four 'rising stars' of 2017. He has worked at OMA Rotterdam, Ron Arad Architects, Farrells and Ash Sakula, and has written for Abitare, the RIBA Journal, Icon, the Architectural Review, Apollo Magazine, amongst others. He is the founder of the Postmodern Society, has actively advocated and lobbied to increase awareness of architecture from the period, and led the successful campaign to list the UK's first Postmodern building, Comyn Ching Triangle.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC015000
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice