PRINT April 1988


ARCHITECTURE TODAY IS CAUGHT in an impasse, for it is divided into two camps that oppose each other without either gaining the advantage. The result is stasis. On the one hand are the so-called Postmoderns, who are inspired mainly by the past, by the enormous emporium of history, where it is easy to go astray following the minutest variation in the text of some minor 17th-century figure. These architects tend to forget to live in the present. Unable to keep up with the processes of change at work in societies increasingly characterized by the phenomena of postindustrialism, they behave as if the relationship between humanity and architecture remained unchanged. On the other hand are the “neo-Moderns,” architects who essentially adhere to the principles of the Modern Movement. But these codes have progressively lost the ideological impetus they once found in their social engagement, which

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