Farshid Moussavi, “The Function of Style”

What is the function of style today? If the 1970s were defined by Postmodernism and the 1980s by Deconstruction, how do we characterize the architecture of the 1990s to the present? Some built forms transmit affects of curvilinearity, others of crystallinity; some transmit multiplicity, others unity; some transmit cellularity, others openness; some transmit dematerialization, others weight. Does this immense diversity reflect a lack of common purpose? Farshid Moussavi will present the third volume in her “Function” series, The Function of Style, alongside projects of her London based firm, FMA, to argue that to see the coherence that underlies the diversity in contemporary architecture, style must be defined differently today, not as a representation but as a source of action through the political potency of affect.

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