Location Current Site: Boulder CO UNITED STATES

Creator Personal Name: Anderson,Mason,Dale

Creator Assoc Person Biography: University of Colorado undergraduate student

Creator Assoc Person Name: Kennedy,Brendon

Creator Assoc Person Role: Photographer

Date.Creation: 1997-1997

Subject.Image Description: Construction photo - east side

Creator.Personal Name Label: Anderson,Mason,Dale

Description.Image Comments: ENVD 4122 Spring 1997 ELCALP project Instructor: Lynn Lickteig Under construction
New CU Geology building

Style/Period: Constructivist, Post-Modernist

Style/Period Description: POST-MODERNIST


This style emerged in the late 1960s in reaction to the prevailing Second International Style of the post World War II era in the United States. International Style architects and subsequent Late Modernists had developed a language of architecture that was simple, rectilinear, and unadorned except for structural elaboration. It consciously made no reference whatever to traditional or historical architectural forms. Post-Modernists, on the other hand, rediscovered the past and introduced in their designs references to both the history of architecture and to the particular localities in which they worked. Like the cultural critics and philosophers from whom the term "post-modern" was borrowed, these designers were particularly concerned with opposing the positivist assumptions of modernism (technology will continuously bring about human progress), and they were concerned about language and meaning. Post-Modernist buildings were often intended to be metaphorical or symbolic. Their designers frequently employed historically derived forms, such as classical columns or arcades. However, unlike the revivalists architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the post-modernists employed odd disjunctions and juxtapositions, irony, and whimsy.
An important source of Post-Modernist thinking in architecture was Robert Venturi's 1967 book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, which argued for eclecticism, pluralism, and learning from Vernacular architecture of our own time. Some Post-Modern buildings, such as Michael Graves's Schulman House (1976-78) in Princeton, New Jersey, were relatively cerebral, while other buildings, such as Philip Johnson's AT&T Building (1978-82) in New York, were more accessible and popular in appeal. Both employed forms derived from Renaissance classicism, such as pediments, although in unconventional ways.

Subject Image View Type: Exterior, general view

ID Number.Former Image Accession VISC: 35097

Date.Image: 1997

Rights Description: Copyright owned by The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, and the photographer. All rights reserved.

Source.Requestor Full Name: Lickteig, Lynn

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