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Postmodern Architecture: Less is a Bore

Postmodern Architecture: Less is a Bore by Owen Hopkins is a curated collection of Postmodern architecture in all its glorious array of vivid non-conformity.

What to expect

Following the huge success of This Brutal World, Phaidon will publish Postmodern Architecture: Less is a Bore. One of the 20th century’s most controversial styles, Postmodernism began in the 1970s, reached a fever pitch of eclectic non-conformity in the 1980s and 90s, and after nearly 40 years, like brutalism, it is now enjoying a newfound popularity, causing a sensation on social media. Vividly designed, Less is a Bore showcases examples of the movement in a rainbow of hues and forms from around the globe.

Postmodern Architecture: Less is a Bore includes works by master architects of the movement including Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Rossi, Philip Johnson, Michael Graves, Robert Stern, Venturi Scott Brown and James Stirling, as well as examples of Postmodern architecture from the 21st century, proving that the style is alive and well today. It features a wealth of buildings in the USA, the UK and countries right across Europe, as well as little-known gems in Asia and South America.

Throughout the book, quotes about Postmodern architecture and references to, and from, postmodern culture in general lend a note of context, criticism and humour. There are quotes from the great Postmodern architects and designers but also from artists such as Dan Graham, Grayson Perry and Andy Warhol, philosophers Jean Francois Lyotard, Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky, musicians David Bowie, David Byrne and Georgio Moroder, and writers Harold Pinter, Martin Amis and Bret Easton Ellis.

about the author

Owen Hopkins

Owen Hopkins is a London-based architectural writer, historian and curator. He is currently the Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane’s Museum and was previously Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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