New Classicism

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New Classicism. Classical architecture has played a hugely important role, starting with Antiquity, then resurfacing in the Renaissance, and gaining new attention and respect with C18 Classicism and Neo-Classicism. As a reaction to Beaux-Arts, Neo-Baroque, and Art Nouveau, there was a further Classical Revival before the 1914–18 war, leading to the Neo-Classicism and stripped Classicism that was so widespread in the 1920s and 1930s. Certain Classical elements were used in Post-Modernism, such as pediments, the Orders, porticoes, and aedicules, but that in itself does not constitute the New Classicism, which is concerned with recovering the language of Classicism, suppressed by the Modern Movement. Among the most effective publicists for New Classicism are Jencks, Léon Krier, Simpson and Stern.


Jencks (1980a, 1982a, 1988a);
John (2002);
John & and D. Watkin (2002);
L. Krier (ed.) (1978);
Kuspit et al. (1986);
Papadakis & Watson (eds.) (1990);
Powers (ed.) (1987);
H. Searing & and H. Reed (1981);
Stern (1988)

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