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Architecture's Historical TurnPhenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern$
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Jorge Otero-Pailos

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666034

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666034.001.0001

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Charles W. Moore and the Delirious Interior

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Architecture's Historical Turn

Jorge Otero-Pailos

University of Minnesota Press

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.

Keywords:   Charles W. Moore, postmodern architecture, architectural phenomenology, decoration, superficiality, intellectual history, architectural aesthetics

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