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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470030119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470030110
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.6 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charles Jencks divides his time between lecturing, writing, and designing in the USA, the UK, and Europe. He is the author of the best-selling The Language of Post-Modern Architecture(re-issued as The New Paradigm in Architecture, 2002). He has also written numerous other books on contemporary arts and building, including What is Post-Modernism? (fourth edition, 1995) and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (second edition, 1997). His celebrated garden in Scotland is the subject of his book The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Frances Lincoln, 2003) and in 2004 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums for his design, Landform Ueda. Landform projects have also been completed in Europe, and his current concern is working with Cern on an iconographic and green project. He is the author of The Iconic Building, the Power of Enigma, (Frances Lincoln, 2005), Critical Modernism, (Wiley 2007), and The Architecture of Hope with Edwin Heathcote, on Maggie Centres (Published by Frances Lincoln 2010). The Story of Post-Modernism, Five Decades of Ironic, Iconic and Critical Architecture (Wiley, 2011) brings this resurgent tradition up to date while his recent landscape work is summarised in The Universe in the Landscape (Frances Lincoln, 2011).

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"The post man still delivers" ( Building Design , April 2007) "Thirty years on from the publication of The Language of Post–Modern Architecture, its author explains why we′re all modernists now." ( BDonline, April 2007) "Charles Jencks has revamped his seminal tome on postmodernism". ( Icon Magazine, June 2007)

"The post man still delivers" ( Building Design, April 2007) "Thirty years on from the publication of The Language of Post–Modern Architecture, its author explains why we′re all modernists now." ( BDonline, April 2007) "Charles Jencks has revamped his seminal tome on postmodernism". ( Icon Magazine, June 2007)

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After developing for thirty years as a movement in the arts, after being disputed and celebrated, Post–Modernism has become an integral part of the cultural landscape. In this witty overview, Charles Jencks, the first to write a book defining the subject, argues that the movement is one more reaction from within modernism critical of its shortcomings. The unintended consequences of modernisation, such as the terrorist debacle and global warming, are typical issues motivating Critical Modernism today. In a unique analysis, using many explanatory diagrams and graphs, he reveals the evolutionary, social and economic forces of this new stage of global civilisation. Critical Modernism emerges at two levels. As an underground movement, it is the fact that many modernisms compete, quarrel and criticise each other as they seek to become dominant. Secondly, when so many of these movements follow each other today in quick succession, they may reach a ′critical mass,′ a Modernism2, and become a conscious tradition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher C. Arning on 17 Nov 2009
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Excellent critique of some of the lazy thinking around post-modernism by the lucid and intelligent Charles Jencks. And much more readable than Jameson's Logic of Late Capitalism. A good companion to Nicolas Bourriard's Radicant Aesthetics.
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pretty good and pretty complex 27 Nov 2012
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Just want to buy one book to learn. It is a hard book but I have got a lot from it.
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