Charles Jencks The Language Of Modern Architecture

Charles Jencks discusses the roles in which linguistics and syntax play in modern, postmodern, and Art Nouveau architecture. He traces a history of form association and codified semantics aimed at describing an evolution from early twentieth century design to the current (1976) language of architecture. He identifies the modernist dilemma of signifier and signified with the bare forms modernism, and describes how a reintroduction of syntax and the semantic use of historic architectural elements came about to define social status. Throughout the question and answer session, Jencks negotiates through a barrage of skepticism and hostility.

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Charles Jencks paries questions about modernism overshadowing the Art Nouveau movement, the death of Art Nouveau, as well as that...

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