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What Does Postmodernism Mean?

Postmodernism is an intellectual, aesthetic and design movement. It embraces the arts, architecture, philosophy, literature and sociology. Postmodernists regard progress as inevitable and promote scientific positivism, as well as the questioning of institutions and accepted knowledge. However, there is little agreement among postmodernists despite their belief that subjectivity is inevitable.

Safeopedia Explains Postmodernism

The term postmodernism was first used in the 1870s to describe a new style of art. By 1914, the term had been expanded to embrace skeptical philosophy. The term was expanded to embrace a new style of architecture in 1949. In urban planning, postmodernism refers to a departure from the attempts of modernist planners to achieve functionality and rationality through standardization in design and aesthetics and other large-scale solutions. Instead, postmodern thought seeks to achieve diversity and pluralism in the urban landscape.


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