If you are reading this, you probably already have a certain interest in architecture, but chances are that you never warmed up to those kinds of buildings from the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, generally classified as ‘Postmodern’.
The architecture of these buildings is often based on a loose set of ideas that gained importance when Modernist architecture failed to reinvent itself in the 70s. Their designs often show a preference for fragmentation, provocation, irony and distorted references to historical styles.
According to Sam Jacob, Postmodern architecture can also be ‘mean, sarcastic, blank, difficult, challenging, yet somehow simultaneously psychedelically positive’. And finally, its individualistic tendencies are often associated with the neoliberal, corporate turn in spatial production during the 80s.
In short, it is often difficult to like. But soon you will, for the following reasons.
1) It offers a unique chance to like something everybody else loathes. Postmodern architecture has been widely despised since it first appeared, quickly becoming a bit of a swearword. Classifying something as such is to profess it as messy, vague or lacking a coherent style or shape. By pointing out Postmodernism’s qualities to others you can now appear as an individual with unique taste.[…]