Singidunum University – Faculty of Media and Communication
In the postmodern era, besides new approaches to architectural practice, substantial changes happen in architectural textual production owed to the inflow of the postmodern transdisciplinary theory in architectural discourse.Theorists, critics and historians of architecture gladly use the contribution from philosophy, political sciences, sociology, art theory and literary criticism to categorize and explain postmodern architectural styles or tendencies, no longer unifying them exclusively by means of formalistic aspects dating from the same period. Now, topics and paradigms from various postmodern theories are being implemented and thus created the phenomenon of the translation of a theory into an instrument of architectural purpose. In most cases, theoretical outlooks serve as a cover which the theorists of architecture use to formulate the poetics of architects, proclaim desirable models of reception, and develop the stance on the disciplinary and socio-historical contexts. However, it becomes interesting when the same architectural works of a single or several architects are differently interpreted by different theorists of architecture. The paper examines these premises on a specific example, which is: 1) demonstrated in practice by Catalan architecture of the 1980s; 2) the point of convergence between de Solà-Morales, Rossi and Frampton; 3) underlain by Vattimo’s philosophical concept of Verwindung of modernism.
Verwindung, weak thought, Catalan architecture, modernism, postmodernism, fundamentalism, critical regionalism, fragmentariness