In his recent address to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Architect Peter Eisenman broke down the current state of the practice into six headlines. What makes his observations interesting is that they apply to the current state of design in general. His fifth point addresses where we are in the style continuum.

Today I say we are in a period of late style. A period in which there is no new paradigm. Computation and the visual may produce a shift from the notational but this in itself is not a new paradigm. It is merely a tool. The question remains: What happens when one reaches the end of a historical cycle? On Late Style by Edward Said describes such a moment in culture before a shift to a new paradigm. A moment not of fate or hopelessness but one that contains a possibility of looking at a great style for the possibility of the new and the trans-formative.

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