Tuesday, 28 July 2020

ATLANTA - HOW VERY POST MODERN


Atlanta: Rush hour traffic builds 

Atlanta: Walking to the office 


Graves' iconic Portland Building 


LIVING IN A POST MODERN WORLD

 

On one of my weekly walks with Trevor the Architect, I asked him who were his architect heroes where, when he was at architects’ school.  He confessed a mild infatuation with Michael Graves an American architect and darling of the§ Post Modern movement over in the USA.   

 

Postmodern architecture was a push back on the Modernist austerity and lack of variety. The impact was wild with building embellished with all kinds of motifs and shapes and plans, Gothic, classical and Gotham City style excrescences.

 

After poking around a bit on this movement I began to realise why I was so fascinated by the buildings in Atlanta, when I visited for work in 2015 2016.

Tall towers topped with all kinds of fanciful knobbly bits and malls in all shades of pinks, browns and ochre.  

 

More research revealed that Graves designed two buildings in Atlanta during his career, with Ten Peachtree Place in the heart of Midtown representing a restrained postmodernism that provides a unique feature within the urban fabric around Midtown MARTA Station.

 

I dug out photographs that I took during those trips during those visits and go to work with pen and brush.

 

https://www.artsatl.org/revisiting-atlantas-architecture-michael-graves-ten-peachtree-place-michael-c-carlos-museum/




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