ABSTRACT

With this heading, “Post-Tafuri,” I attempt to position the Italian historian in the hinge of various enunciations of “post,” each with particular significance for a comprehensive understanding of the state of contemporary architectural praxis. One is reminded not only of postmodernism, but also post-Fordism, post-theory, post-history, post-critical, postideology, post-Humanism, and perhaps even post-architecture, if the building art is primarily associated with the culture of Humanism. What underpins these enunciations is the assumption that what comes next will automatically supplant what already exists. To avoid a linear approach to periodization, it is useful to historicize the suggested hinge, situating it within the dialogical rapport between the Modernist surge for objectivity and contemporary discourses on autonomy.