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The Obscure 1980s; or, the Postmodern Ferment of Architecture in Greece

Giamarelos, S; (2021) The Obscure 1980s; or, the Postmodern Ferment of Architecture in Greece. In: Anastasakis, M, (ed.) Athens: 200 Years, 200 Buildings. (pp. 76-82). grad review: Athens, Greece. Green open access

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Abstract

In Greece, postmodern architecture did not consistently follow the Western European and North American trends. Greek architectural practices were of course inclined to understand and discuss recent international developments, especially after the seven insular years of military junta in the country (1967-1974). In the decade of growing European integration that followed, postmodern architecture was decisively shaped by the specificities of local contexts. Postmodern design practices developed almost schizophrenically. They encountered resistance at the same time that they were adopted by architects who rejected them in theory. This ambiguity was reflected in the subsequent historiography of postmodern architecture. Even the most recent histories of postwar architecture in Greece avoid to address the great debate between the moderns and the postmoderns as the central event that decisively marked the 1980s. As a result, the postmodern ferment of architecture in Greece remains obscure, if not practically invisible, to this day. With this article, I attempt to fight against this obscurity of the 1980s. I aim to render at least some of the most important aspects of the history of postmodern architecture in Greece more visible.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Obscure 1980s; or, the Postmodern Ferment of Architecture in Greece
ISBN-13: 9786188530614
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.gradreview.gr/2017/06/athhna200-xronia-...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Postmodern architecture, Greece, architectural history
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137797
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