An Analysis of the Roots of Modern and Postmodern Architecture in by alextt

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									              SUSTAINABLE PASSAGES: THE BOOK OF CHANGE.
                         William Peter Townsend
          An Analysis of the Roots of Modern and
          Postmodern Architecture in Newcastle.
KEY CONCEPTS/ WORDS

Enlightenment, Modernity, Rationalizing, Technology, Efficiency, Town Planning,
Functionalist. Post modernity, Inspiration, Progression, Shift in systems, Design,
Fragmentation, Pastiche, Eclecticism, Existentialism.

OBJECTIVES

    1. To study the different styles and progressions of architecture in Newcastle.
    2. To look at the political and economic forces that have affected the changing of the
       cities landscape.
    3. To analyse social forces that have initiated the architectural changes.
    4. To examine prominent architects and philosophers that have altered the direction of
       modern and postmodern thinking.

SOURCES

Books borrowed from Newcastle Upon Tyne University Library. Photos taken in the center of
Newcastle, visual media gathered from books, internet sites, magazines, leaflets and
newspaper articles.

FIELD OF EXPLORATION

I am going to look at how the fabric of Newcastle’s architecture has evolved over the past one
hundred years. By using photographic data gathered in Newcastle I will be able to draw upon
examples which can be analyzed with reference to famous architects of the era. The modern
and postmodern architecture of Newcastle lends itself to philosophical and sociological
interpretation.

CHANGE

My project will be looking at the progressions that have forced the architectural changes upon
Newcastle. I am hoping to illustrate the shift from modern architecture to postmodern
architecture and the philosophical themes that have brought them about.

THE GAP BETWEEN HUMANS AND THINGS

My aim here is to highlight how man has become disenchanted with the Enlightenment
project and scientific progress. Disunity of knowledge in the postmodern era has led to a more
confusing, pastiche and fragmented way of interpreting society. This incredulity has in some
ways widened the gap between humans and things.

								
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