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18th March 2024

This week we have postmodern architecture (PoMo), a style which emerged in the late 1960s as a reaction against the austerity and formality of Modernism, and is characterised by its colour, playfulness and historical allusions. It has been much maligned and derided in recent years, and while seventeen PoMo buildings were listed in 2018, others have already been demolished or are at risk. This is Newlands Quay (MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and Wright, 1986-88, Grade II) in London's docklands: "Porthole windows lend a nautical appearance...and other referential details include red brickwork and arched openings that hark to Victorian dock buildings."

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