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The Eighties were exciting, but divisive, times for architecture and culture.Modernism was the accepted architectural language, with words like ‘consistency’ and ‘rational’ to the fore. Postmodern architecture burst into this scene, with a fleeting period when meaning, wit and fun were forefront. Unlike today, when perhaps we are all post-modernists, there was no discourse between these diverse schools of thought.
Drawing from the contrast of a classic modernist education to the hands-on delivery of some of London’s post modern classics, Neil Bennett (Farrells) will look across the vivid spectrum of the 80s, in the UK and further afield, from the rigorous consistency of the British Library through the playful flamboyance of the TV-am television studios, to James Stirling’s no. 1 Poultry City office building.
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