Architect Robert Venturi is the founding father of Postmodernism and originated the theory captured in his book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) that “less is a bore.” Postmodernism departs from modernism in opposition to the modernists’ rigid ideals that dictate simplicity, abstraction, and simple shapes. Unlike modernism, Postmodernism encouraged creativity in asymmetry, fragmentation, complexity, humor, color, playfulness, classical motifs, and various materials and shapes. While modernism disrespects any historical reference of architecture by carelessly demolishing the past, Postmodernism joyfully mixes in combinations of traditional styles such as Neoclassical, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco. In conjunction with the past, postmodern architecture also celebrates the future as a cosmopolitan, eclectic mishmash involving all artistic eras and trends. Venturi had an eye for dynamic pizzazz. He notes that Postmodern is a “gentle manifesto for a non-straightforward architecture” without any limitations to inclusion without exclusion.
POSTMODERN STYLE MOULDINGS
Postmodernist mouldings can include any of the traditional shapes, but tend to be limited to usually oversized, basic shapes. Often rather than mitering corners, postmodernist usage frequently cuts the moulding profiles off perpendicular allowing the profile to be seen on edge. The half-round moulding is especially common in postmodernist designs.