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Radical eclecticism and Post-Modern architecture


Steen, AP, Radical eclecticism and Post-Modern architecture, Fabrications, 25, (1) pp. 130-145. ISSN 1033-1867 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

DOI: doi:10.1080/10331867.2015.1006762


Charles Jencks' The Language of Post-Modern Architecture first published in English in 1977, republished in 1978, 1980, 1984, 1987 and 1991 was commissioned by Architectural Design editor Haig Beck on the strength of Jencks' article, "Isozaki and Radical Eclecticism." This article featured in AD's special issue on the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, published in January 1977. According to Beck, the book was expected to develop the article. This paper considers the relationship between "Isozaki and Radical Eclecticism" and The Language of Post-Modern Architecture. It interrogates the nature of the link between ostensible progenitor and product, focusing on the use of the term and concept Radical Eclecticism in both texts. The paper finds substantial differences between the respective positions of "Isozaki and Radical Eclecticism" and The Language of Post-Modern Architecture. It argues these differences are such that the latter is not best considered as a development of the former. The nature of the differences between article and book gives cause for a reappraisal of the rhetorical basis to The Language of Post-Modern Architecture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:architectural discourse
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Steen, AP (Dr Andrew Steen)
ID Code:107420
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2016-03-15
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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