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Postmodernism lives on in Stuart Frank's drawing

This hand-drawn section was made by student Stuart Franks to complete the first year of his MA at the Royal College of Art

A proposal for a stacked city above London’s King’s Cross station, it anticipates rapid population growth in the capital. The scheme draws on a number of strands of thought found elsewhere in the issue.

Most directly, it has been influenced by the narrative approach developed at the Royal College by Professor Nigel Coates, who stepped down this summer after leading the architecture department for 16 years (Coates’s drawing from the V&A’s Postmodernism show is featured in the Reviews section).

Yet it also combines Rem Koolhaas’s ideas of cross-programming and a liberal attitude to borrowing historic and contemporary references. In its mix of structural and whimsical suggestions, its complexity and contradictions, this drawing appears, in fact, to pick up on many of the tenets of Postermodernity, making it a fitting coda to this issue’s themes.

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