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December 2011

Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended).


Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended). Indeed, the joke is on all of us, because that’s what PoMo was all about. The basic theme here has not changed much in twenty years, only the methods for arriving at that theme – which is the wish to confound the public as much as possible about the meaning and typology of a building and its relationship with the larger culture, not to mention its relationship with the urban fabric generally. Another ongoing theme (or gag) in PoMo was the snide assertion by the architects that amounted to saying: “We’re not going to stop being Modernists no matter how much you hate the dreary glass box buildings we provide for you to live your pointless little lives out in… so here’s a little joke on all your pathetic memories of a coherently ordered world….” Street scene below: almost makes a body yearn for Atlanta!

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

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    Man….that gorilla ugly.

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