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Non-modern modernity? Neomodern architecture
Non-modern modernity? Neomodern architecture

Author(s): Błażej Ciarkowski
Subject(s): Philosophy, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Architecture, Sociology of Art
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: architecture; modernism; neo-modern architecture; modernity; eclecticism; Jürgen Habermas

Summary/Abstract: Neo-modernism, as both a philosophical and an architectural current, evolved asa critical response to postmodernism, the movement described by Agnes Heller as “neitherconservative, nor revolutionary, nor progressive”. At the same time, neo-modernism adopted some post-modernist assumptions, resulting from the criticism of the modernist movement.Rem Koolhaas emphasized that although contemporary architecture is clearly inspired bymodernist aesthetics, it has little in common with the two major attributes of the modernmovement – opposition towards context and towards history. Thus, neo-modernism can bedescribed as “unmodern modernity”. According to Jürgen Habermas, being modern is closely related to being free of external axioms. Neo-modernism appears rather to be another form of eclecticism or “a strategy without an aim”, than a new modern movement.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 87-97
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English
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