Eric Owen Moss introduces Enrique Norten. Moss suggests that there are four personalities to Enrique Norten while referencing Cuauht?moc, Mexican painters David Alfaro Siqueiros and Frida Kahlo, and Mexican architect Luis Barrag?n. Norten discusses the contemporary cultural complexity within Mexico City. He reflects on contradictions between the vocabulary of a universal architectural discourse while also understanding and recognizing the specific particularities of his work. He emphasizes his strong belief in tectonics and architecture’s existence at the moment of construction and shows a combination of smaller and larger scale projects.
Video Archive | Late modernism (4)
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.
Charles Jencks begins by giving a brief history of the International Style and the end of modernism, saying that the movement broke into two parts, postmodernism and late modernism. He discusses the problems that modernism caused to society, aesthetics, and sustainability. Jencks warns that there are profound differences between the two offshoots of modernism.
Charles Jencks talks about what makes a building postmodern, including playfulness, reintroduction of classical elements, and explorations into uneasiness and dissonance. He cites works from the movement’s most prolific architects including James Stirling, Robert Stern, Ricardo Bofill, Mario Botta, and several Japanese architects in order to show a well rounded view of aspects in postmodern classicism.