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Postmodernism: Art, Architecture, and Philosophy

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The "postmodern" concept indeed surfaced in the latter half of the 19th century, a curious mention here and there in philosophical texts, but it wasn't until the late 20th century that postmodernism fully blossomed into the cultural and intellectual force we recognize today. The 1980s, in particular, marked its ascendancy as a potent counter-narrative to the dominant paradigms of modernism. Modernism, which prevailed through the early and mid-20th century, was characterized by its faith in scientific rationality, linear progress, and a singular, overarching view of truth and reality. Architects, artists, and authors who subscribed to modernism's principles embraced a streamlined, 'form follows function' aesthetic and a belief in universal solutions to design and social issues. This approach, while revolutionary in its time, often dismissed the nuances of cultural and individual diversity and complexity. In stark contrast, postmodernism arose as a challenge to