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Conference: Reconsidering Postmodernism

Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, 2011

Co-Sponsored by the Schools of Architecture of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami

Four hundred designers, architects, scholars, and passionate cognoscenti gathered on November 11th and 12th, 2011 for an international conference called Reconsidering Postmodernism. It was sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art coincident with the 30th publication anniversary of one of the movement’s iconoclastic landmarks, From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe. Together they investigated a historical design movement that still stirs strong views pro and con as also evidenced in London, where the V&A exhibited Postmodernism as part of its fabled 20th century design series. Anglo–American architect and theorist, Charles Jencks, was an honored guest as the author who in 1975 first invented the term. In an essay called The Rise of Postmodern Architecture, he explained the brand new moniker thusly, “ This title is evasive. If I knew what to call it, I wouldn’t use the negative pre-fix ‘post’. It is rather like defining women as ‘non-men’…” And so it started to transform global culture.

As Dean Robert A.M. Stern summarized, “We are all postmodernists today. And to paraphrase Philip Johnson, we cannot not know history.”

Click here for a recommended reading list of texts on the topic of Postmodernism.

All Photos © 2011 Sterne Slaven


Architects, critics convened for Postmodernism Conference

Has postmodernist design eaten itself?
PoMo: Everybody’s doing it?
PoMo power: the return of postmodernism
Postmodernism – In pictures

Postmodernism: from the cutting edge to the museum
Postmodernism: the 10 key moments in the birth of a movement
Victoria and Albert Museum
Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Is postmodernism Gaga, Warhol or a wooden toaster? Time to find out…

Sketching Out A New Course For Architects

A classical conference on postmodernism: Why?

Postmodern architecture poised for revival

Revisiting Postmodernism

Masters of the Postmodern Universe

New York Social Diary

Staying Warm in the Machine

The Third Client

Architecture Here and There Blog

Was Postmodern Architecture Any Good?

A Postmortem on Postmodernism

A Postmortem on Postmodernism: Part 2

Old Debates for a New Era at Postmodernism Conference

Postmodernism Post-Denial

Considering ‘Reconsidering Postmodernism’

The Story of Postmodernism

Masters Of The Postmodern Universe

Michelangelo Sabatino

Is Postmodern architecture on the verge of a comeback?

All Things Reconsidered

History, Repeating Itself