Yeah, They Ruined A Few Cities. But The Furniture Is Great!

As Modernism and its proponents continue their slow and steady creep back to respectability, some critics wonder if it wasn’t the unfortunate results of the postmodern backlash that allowed Modernism to return so strongly decades later. “We have all but forgotten and forgiven the way Modernist ambitions for social housing and skyscraping – trumpeted by Le Corbusier and his allies – ended in a shockwave of disastrous tower blocks and alienating estates born of necessity in the 1950s and ’60s. The reactive postmodern excesses of the 1980s and ’90s, meanwhile, already look more dated than anything the heroic Modernists produced.”