A manifesto for ‘PostPost Modern Architecture’


As the Anthropocene period approaches what hopefully is the peak of impact with respect to climate change, species loss, and toxic discharges, there emerges an expectation for an appropriate and pragmatic approach to architecture.  While simultaneously acknowledging the need for lower CO2 emissions, and the use of less toxic and resource conserving approaches to buildings, there is also a cogent need for structures that support the evolution of human consciousness, which encourage an unfolding of the human spirit. Collectively, we need to meet the challenges of our current and forthcoming era. Architecture can support authentic, human community, sustainable lifestyle and spiritual emergence. PostPost Modernism demonstrates less interest in superficiality; instead there is a return to form-as-function, but with real purpose: directing human civilization into right relationship with its environment.  There is a central understanding that a quantum leap in the evolution of consciousness is a requisite measure to this end.

 
Modernism was the entry of clean geometries and modern materials and methods, with revolutionary impact.  Post Modernism took to a sometimes superficial frill, often atop a modernist platform.  PostPost Modern projects are moving in concert with our times: acknowledging the responsibility of building in the Anthropocene while simultaneously supporting the fullness of human potential.  They ‘feel great’ while protecting the inhabitants and the environment from toxins.  Furthermore, there is no specific need for ‘green’ projects built from scratch with marketing angles and expensive certifications; existing structures are as important as new projects for this important conversion work.  Landscapes can be nourishing for all creatures, humans included, and can provide beauty, fragrance, color, oxygen and food, all without toxic chemicals or wasteful water practices.  Interiors can feel spacious and gorgeous, yet solid— expansive and inspiring.  Solar resources can be utilized extensively, but not at the expense of aesthetics or human comfort.  Excess expenditures are understood to be a form of waste – most funds are generated with concomitant environmental impacts.

 

©2015 Varadaan (Ben Lipman).