Can’t tell what its function is or who owns it Stern, Chicago Tribune Tower , 1980, competition drawing Drawing did not win the competition, but it became one of the most important images in the movement of post-modern architecture o Talked about by critics, historians o Became the image to symbolize the movement o Quintessential post-modern building Building that won the competition was never built A lot of pattern on the outside, black and white stripes Whole building is shaped like a column, each side has two columns o Reference to antiquity is very explicit Post-modernism isn’t afraid of making strong and obvious statements Patterning and coloring with decorative structures, doesn’t have the typical monochromatic appearance Building has a sign on it, identifies itself o International style buildings tend to not have large signs o Becomes part of the graphic design of the building, announces its function o Announce everything very overtly Orange and red emblematic colors of Roman emperors o Historicist reference to ancient Rome
Tribune comes from the Roman republic, Tribunes were the representatives of the people, voice of the people o Newspapers are representative of the people Pays attention to the different forms for different functions o Tradition of Chicago School Name is written in Gothic-style script print Why are the columns not rounded? o Flat pilasters on top of a bore which is black and white o Core originally done in international style – monolithic steel and glass skyscraper Charles Jenckes The language of post-modern architecture o Gave the original definition: post modern architecture as two have two stylistic characteristics, one has to be pre-modern and the other has to be the international style o Without the two, it’s not post-modern o Building has to be double-coded Stern wanted to incorporate a sense of humor into architecture, where is the joke in this building? o Column like a newspaper column o Another reason why there is the black and white stripe, looks like writing on a page o Past the seriousness of the international style Stern on post-modernism: “We do not necessarily argue for a return to or revival of the past…Rather, for a recognition of the continuity between the past and the present” 1980 major political ideology was neo-conservatism, conservatism in all levels of life, Reagan as President o Trickles down to culture in that it created a climate that was deeply conservative by nature o Nto taking chances of pushing style forward, not being radical or avant-garde, pulling back into the past, recognizing and celebrating the past as it has led up to the present o Not radical, progressive architecture ° Loos, Chicago Tribune Entry, 1922, drawing Not as funny as Sterns’ Stern is thinking of Loos and the 1922 competition
Very layered, very complicated ° Stern, Drawing, 1980 Greek temple façade In order to bring back the past with a difference, something new has to be done
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