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Context. That word triggered a thought for me: postmodernism has arrived at


UVa.

Having studied urban planning, I'm most familiar with the way postmodernism infiltrated and influenced the built environment, particularly its architecture, specifically the eclectic nature of its architectural designs. Architects felt free to borrow from and combine traditional architectural styles to create new design. Although it can liberate architects to create new design, the problem with this approach is that it can remove historical context, creating structures that are devoid of any underlying meaning. Architectural styles root the structures in the built environment to history and provide its inhabitants not only with an appreciation of the elements of those styles, but also with a sense of the history behind those styles. They become reminders of that history.

Today's campus movements, particularly those like this latest incident at UVa, reminded me of the problems with postmodernism, so I googled postmodernism to try to see if there might might be a connection and found the link below.

When these students ignore the historical context behind figures and institutions, they get to pick and choose what they want these figures and institutions to represent. They can abandon historical elements that don't fit their narrative, and even inject their own interpretation of "facts" to support their narrative. The article goes on to point out that the abandonment of empirical studies in favor of perception-based studies has fostered this and has cultivated the SJW on campus.

I was never a fan of postmodernism in architecture or any of the other disciplines. I usually found it to be lacking in what PK pointed out, context. This article was an interesting read and gave me one of those "aha" moments; a strange, often incomprehensible SJW movement suddenly became a little more comprehensible for me.

[Post edited by HOOserName at 09/13/2017 4:29PM]

(In response to this post by PK German)

Link: Campus postmodernism


Posted: 09/13/2017 at 4:27PM



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