POST MODERNISM (1970-PRESENT)
Post-Modernism is a rejection of the moderne movement. It rejects the purity of form and the purity of function in favor of wide usage of materials and references. Post-modernism brought back detailing in a whimsical way. This school of architecture was developed by Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Charles Moore and Robert A.M. Stern. Stern suggests five divisions under post-modernism that include ironic, latent, fundamentalist/essentialist, canonic and modern traditionalist.
- Prominent entrances.
- Traditional and modern construction techniques incorporated.
- Polychromatic paints or materials.
- Multiple geometric forms.
- References to historic or vernacular architecture.
- Lunette windows.
- Arches with keystones incorporated in design, often in an exaggerated manner.
- Reference to adjacent buildings.
- Arched windows.
- Exaggerated columns.
Post-Modernist buildings will be found individually throughout Alaska. To be eligible, Post-Modern buildings must embody nearly all the primary features and some secondary features. Design, workmanship, materials, and setting are extremely important aspects of integrity and should be retained. Post-Modern buildings must make reference to historic or vernacular aspects of architecture. Landscaping must also be considered when listing these buildings.
Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, 1966