Charles W. Moore and the Delirious Interior
This chapter focuses on Charles Moore (1925–1993) and his contribution to architectural discourse, which has been interpreted as turning the attention of architects toward decoration and playful superficiality, instead of the structure of the building. His interest in decoration was a function of his fascination with interiors and ultimately with the inner world of human experience. His “superficiality” was rooted in an obsession with achieving profound experiences. To properly situate Moore in the intellectual history of postmodern architecture is to distinguish between his intellectual work and his architectural aesthetics, even if Moore himself insisted on conflating the two.
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