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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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From Postmodern to Neomodern

From Postmodern to Neomodern

The United States and Europe

(p.456) 29 From Postmodern to Neomodern
Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter first discusses how modern architecture was cast aside by both architects and the public between 1965 and 1985. One of the reasons why modernism fell out of favor is its association of industry and engineering with progress, a notion that faded as people became more concerned about what is now known as sustainability and was then termed the environment. By the early 1980s, postmodernism eliminated modernism across Europe and the United States, except in isolated corners, such as Los Angeles, that claimed modernism as their only real heritage. The chapter then describes how projects such as the Vietnam War Memorial and the Jewish Museum in the 1980s helped pave the way for the resurgence of modernism, as seen in the Arab World Institute, designed by Jean Nouvel in Paris, 1981–87 and the Landschaftspark (landscape park), which opened in Duisburg, Germany in 1994.

Keywords:   modern architecture, modernism, architects, Vietnam War Memorial, Jewish Museum, Arab World Institute, Landschaftspark

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