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Beyond the Modernist Space and the Post-modernist Space

Youngwook Park 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

Post-modernist space pursues the multiplicity and heterogeneity beyond the homogeneity in the modernist space. The modernist space, as shown in the modernist architecture, is a space that pursues ‘transparency’. ‘Transparency’ means functional transparency and visual transparency simultaneously. It is revealed in Le Corbusier’s belief that the aesthetic elements correspond to their functions. But to the eyes of post-modernist architects, modernist architecture gives up on decoration as a matter of fact for its functions and bound to fall in the trap of uniformity. In opposition to the modernist architects, the post-modernist architects deliberately focuses on the disjunction, asymmetry and wasteful decorations. But ironically the post-modernist architects pursuing multiplicity and heterogeneity produce homogenous space such as post-modern cities all over the world. It is because the post-modernist architects just like the modernist architects understand the space simply as an abstract space deprived of the anthropological dimensions. As a result, post-modern space appears as an ‘uncanny’ space.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.