Roland Coate introduces Charles Jencks, who discusses postmodern classicism as it evolved from modernism by pointing out selected projects and typical features that exemplify the new movement. Jencks gives numerous examples that explain the polemics this movement tries to investigate in the wake of failed modernist dogma. He maintains the new style represents all the features of modernity without the machine aesthetic of modernism, and, in some respect, invigorates old theories with new formal ideas regarding symbolism and semantics, and, place and association.
Video Archive | Classical orders (2)
Charles Jencks discusses postmodern classicism by comparing the semantic qualities of the movement with the classical Greek orders. He describes the use of the same object to symbolize different things, while also containing a redundancy of signs and associations. He also describes the necessity of primitiveness and how mass culture turning classicism into kitsch propelled the postmodern movement.