Modern Pluralism: Just Exactly what is Going On?

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A. Papadakēs
Academy Editions, 1992 - Architecture - 96 pages
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This issue of "Architectural Design" heralds a bold change in the style and format of the magazine. Improving its quality of reproduction and presentation, it now has an enlarged format and a new, innovative design. Modern pluralism has been sweeping the architectural world. Continuing its tradition of vigorously addressing the most important trends in architecture today, "Architectural Design" opens with an exploratory essay on this phenomenon by Geoffrey Broadbent, who attempts to discover just exactly what is going on. This is followed by a transcript of the Inaugural Lecture by Richard McCormac as President of the RIBA, in which he highlights the achievements of contemporary British architecture and discusses the way forward for the profession. Charles Jencks talks about the agenda of those architects currently practising "new modernism"; Peter Cook introduces his favourite architectural principles and practitioners; and Bernard Tschumi discusses the architecture of the "event"; the work of Arata Isozaki, Morphosis, Oma and James Stirling and Michael Wilford is featured in detail as well as an introduction to the work of Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio. The additional, newly expanded magazine section maintains the high standard of content and design and includes a special extensive feature on the 1991 Venice Biennale as well as an interview with Norman Foster by Ken Powell, the Lucinda Lambton Diary - a new feature - and an article by Anthony Quiney on the medieval English village of Smarden; there is also a round-up of recent events, exhibitions and publications.

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