Notes on Postmodernism Architecture


Postmodernism Terms:

Pluralistic Style: Consisting of different artistic styles, techniques, technologies etc

Juxtaposition: Two random objects in parallel, a technique intended to stimulate creativity

Quotation: Making reference to the past

Reconceptualising: Making reference to the past and placing it into a new context to give additional meaning

Hybrid: Blurring boundaries between art forms

Reference to popular culture: Adopting ideas from popular culture

Postmodernism Characteristics:

Postmodernism challenges traditional views about art and questions dominant beliefs and values held by society.

Postmodernism embraces history

It rejects the pure geometric forms

Experimental tendines were accepted

Rejects “high art” hierarchies

Gehry’s Art Practice:

Gehry’s art practice draws on quotations from the site itself and its historical and cultural contexts. This is exemplified in the use of titanium in Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 1997.   This gives reference to the Basque city’s modern industrial heritage. On going and subtle dialogue points to Gehry’s connection to the site and culture expression of Bilbao. He positions the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 1997; to fit into the traditional urban fabrics of the Basque city. These of course include the bridge, railway, river, expressway and post industrial landscape.

Gehry rejects the International style which is the belief that ‘one style of architecture fits all cultures’. Buildings during this era were described as plain and box like. With the emerging complexity and diversity of the recent chaotic world, modernism was now an inappropriate means to design for the modern world, which had become fragmented and chaotic. Using cultural values as a source of drawing on the cities history and past was now apart of the postmodern movement. Therefore Gehry’s postmodern art embraced regional context and rejected these traditional ideas of the...