Architecture's expanding field: AD magazine and the Post-Modernisation of architecture
|Published in:||arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, March 2018, n. 1, v. 22|
This article investigates architecture's ‘expanded field’ – its turn towards culture during the 1980s when the profession expanded its interest to the softer practices of architectural culture. It looks in particular at the emerging enterprises of exhibitions, competitions and awards, publications, and symposia and lectures in the ‘long 1980s’, taken as the Academy years ofADmagazine from 1977 – 1992.
This period ofADis synonymous with architectural Post-Modernism, as Academy published much of Charles Jencks’ work on Post-Modernism, including six of the seven ever-larger editions ofThe Language of Post-Modern Architecture.
However, by analysing the content and context ofADmagazine and the wider context of architectural institutions during these years, this article argues that the Post-Modernisation of architecture should be understood not only as a mere style, but equally as the emphasis on a growing architectural culture, discourse, and the ‘ideal’, and the retreat from building and the ‘real’. In other words, this period witnessed the establishment of architectural culture as a new type of practice, and furthermore,ADwas instrumental in this cultural turn.
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