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059. Lomo Manifesto Part 8: Kosher Modernism and Unkosher Modernism.

Click here for an index of all “Lomo Manifesto” posts. Two of the stronger ethical tendencies in Architectural Modernism are the honest expression in its use of a material’s innate qualities, and the separate expression of architectural elements with different functions. Adherence to these tendencies qualifies a design as upstanding and its designer as a […] «Read more»

055. Lomo Manifesto Part 7: Jaunty versus Butch.

Click here for an index of all “Lomo Manifesto” posts. As I asserted in Lomo Manifesto Part 1, architects love dichotomies. Well known examples such as Discipline and Practice, Avant Garde and Kitsch, and Duck versus Decorated Shed have been used as scalpels to cut a category in half in order to see what its […] «Read more»

051. Lomo Manifesto Part 6: Wondering what that Term “Modernism” Means.

Click here for an index of all “Lomo Manifesto” posts. Defining the Lower Modernisms as those categories of design endeavors that are Modernist in style and intent but fall short of the standards of legitimate Modernism begs the question of what the vague and overused term “Modernism” means in this context. As the foregoing definition […] «Read more»

047. Lomo Manifesto Part 5: The Vogue for Lowbrow Things.

Click here for an index of all “Lomo Manifesto” posts. The Lower Modernisms, to the extent that they represent the lowbrow alternative to High Modernism, are a culturally relevant subject for the same reasons that everything lowbrow is presently in vogue. Hipster culture celebrates working class culture, albeit in detached, ironic, and often offensive and […] «Read more»

044. Lomo Manifesto Part 4: Lomo versus Pomo (Part B), The Pomo Quantum Leap.

Click here for an index of all “Lomo Manifesto” posts. It was not so long ago that the dominant architectural-historical narrative held that Modernism was dead, succeeded in the evolution of avant-garde movements by something called Postmodernism. During those dark years, the conquering Postmodernist overlords strode the lands like kings. Meanwhile the persecuted Modernists struggled, […] «Read more»

042. Lomo Manifesto Part 3: Lomo versus Pomo (Part A).

“Lomo Manifesto” is my term for posts on the general theme of “why The Lower Modernisms of Architecture Are Important Enough to Bother Thinking About.” Click here for an index of all “Lomo Manifesto” posts. These posts might get a little shaggy around the edges – rather than refine them to perfection, in the spirit […] «Read more»

017. Introducing the Dingbat.

The dingbat apartment building was the predominant form of multifamily housing constructed in Southern California between 1950 and 1970, a typology that as such probably accounts for the majority of all buildings in Los Angeles that can reasonably be considered to be Lower Modernist – modern in style and intent, but failing to meet the […] «Read more»

008. Lomo Manifesto Part 2: Russ Holthouse on Popular Modernism.

Editor’s Note: Today’s post, continuing the dialog about the significance of the Lower Modernisms and contextualizing them as a subset of Popular Modernism, was contributed by Russ Holthouse. Russ is a Los Angeles-based architect, a fellow enthusiast and student of Modernism, and an old friend of mine. -JAB I think what you’ve described as “The […] «Read more»

002. Lomo Manifesto Part 1: Why The Lower Modernisms of Architecture Are Important Enough to Bother Thinking About.

Architects love dichotomies, and one dichotomy central to architectural discourse is the distinction between discipline and practice. The practice of architecture involves the everyday dramas of construction contracts, “value engineering,” waterproofing details, and building codes. The Discipline of Architecture, in contrast, involves the high Shakespearean romance: design as an intrinsic ideological Good to be pursued […] «Read more»

001. Introducing AB1006: The Lower Modernisms

Architecture Burger project AB1006, code-named “The Smartpatrol Blog,” is an effort to investigate, analyze, and define “the Lower Modernisms”. I hope to refine my conception of that term along the way, but here is a working definition of the Lower Modernisms: those categories of design endeavors that are Modernist in style and intent, but fall […] «Read more»