We’ve already taken you through the post-WWII era of Atomic architecture, but one burning question remains: with civilization no longer teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, what happens to design? To help find an answer, Art in Architecture webinar series host Steve Alden, AIA, is continuing his exploration of the past with two new episodes airing April 5 and May 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET, each worth 1 AIA LU.
"In the April 5 webinar, we will explore why architects of the mid 60s to the mid 80s lost faith in the pure aesthetic of modern design and created a new movement charged with symbolism and meaning. Then in the following episode on May 10 comes deconstructivism, an intellectual rejection of the perfectionist tendencies of post-modernism," Alden says. "This leads us to today’s designers, empowered by technology, rebelling against expectations, taking risks, and having fun."
Learn more about the webinars and register below.
Post-Preapocalyptic Architecture: 1965-1985 on April 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET
In this episode, Alden dissects the shift away from the stripped-down functionalism of modern design that was a hallmark of the Atomic age toward the diverse aesthetics, ornamentation, and symbolism of the post-modern movement, examining the work of many of this period's renowned architects, ranging from Robert Venturi and Philip Johnson to Michael Graves and Charles Gwathmey.
PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985-2005 on May 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Next, Alden delves into today’s maturing response to the post-modern movement. Enabled by the precision of computers, this era of design is marked by experimentation in shape and structure, using technology to push the limits of what a building can become and forging a sense of style through the totality of a form rather than its individual elements.
Register now to reserve your spot in each webinar. And if you want to learn more about design and pick up a few quick AIA LUs, then check out our Inspiration page to watch past episodes of Art in Architecture on-demand.