More reasons to like PoMo


M2 Tokyo, 1991, designed by Kengu Kuma. (flickr/wakiii)

My headline is ironic, of course, like the column capital in the photo above that accompanies “8 Reasons You Will Also Like Postmodern Architecture in 2016.” The article, by René Boer for the website Failed Architecture, is quite a romp. Naturally, the author can hardly be expected simply to say that it will be chic to like what most people like most anyway. At least he mentions that classical and traditional buildings and houses are costly because they are so widely liked. “Most historical styles are very much appreciated,” he writes, “which makes them often quite expensive.” And there is a lot of backlash against modernism as well as PoMo in the piece. Enjoy!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to More reasons to like PoMo

  1. No doubt PoMo played an important role in opening a door for those interested in genuine traditional work. Would it have happened without PoMo? I guess there’s no way to know. But that doesn’t mean one cannot make fun of PoMo!


  2. Steve Mouzon says:

    David, I’ll say it again… without PoMo, the current traditional renaissance would not have occurred as we know it. PoMo opened the door against the Modernist hegemony, and actually legitimized consideration of historical architecture as source material for new work today. Am I debating for the irony, scale games, and the like that PoMo played? No. But it was an essential period to getting to where we find ourselves today.


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