Definitions of the Pseudomodern
Entschwindet und Vergeht muddies the waters on my attempt to sum up everything about contemporary architecture in 3000 words, and in the process posts his own account of the architectural state we're in, immeasurably helped by it coming from actual education and experience rather than my historical dilettantism. There are excellent points on postmodernism, high-tech and the degeneration of the Crystal Palace typology from glass arcades of dreamlike abundance to a bland rhetoric of spans and prefabrication (there's a project on this which we must all bully him to put up on his other space). I've muddied the waters a bit in turn in the comments box. On attempts to define the Pseudomodernist condition, here's Lewis Mumford, writing about what seems an 'icon' of Modernism at its peak, the United Nations building:
'The designers of the Secretariat Building sacrificed both mechanical efficiency and human values in order to achieve an empty abstract form, a frozen geometrical concept, that reflects the emptiness and purposelessness of modern technics, as now conceived...in short, the Secretariat Building expresses both a breakdown of functionalism and a symbolic blackout. Though mechanically new, it is architecturally and humanly obsolete. That is almost a definition of the pseudomodern.'
Art and Technics (1951)