Have We Ever Been Postmodern?
This chapter discusses Fredric Jameson's defense of postmodernism's playfulness, self-conscious superficiality, as well as populist willingness against Jürgen Habermas recalcitrant modernism. It further examines Jameson's own references to architecture, and how it tends to overlook narratives that architecture draws from science, including the peculiar afterlife of a systems model. The concept of authenticity is also defined to address problems that arise when architectural discourse tries to distinguish between what is true and what is false, as well as between what is real and what is not.
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