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Introduction

WithJoyce Appleby, Elizabeth Covington, David Hoyt, Michael Latham, Allison Sneider

The adjective ‘postmodern” was first popularized during the 1970s in reference to a new sensibility in the world of the arts and architecture. Postmodern architects rejected the high modern architectural project—the construction of rational and pragmatic buildings which could lead to the progressive amelioration of the human condition. Postmodernists also broke with the modernist credo that took reason as the first principle of all design efforts. One of the greatest modern architects of public housing, Le Corbusier, embraced the benevolent effects of technology and the universal, international truths of the proletariat. His utilitarian high-rise structures were meant to bring “Man” adequate light, space, and plumbing, and thus ensure a better existence for their inhabitants.