Cheeky, cartoonish … and under threat: why our postmodern buildings must be saved

By Oliver Wainwright

PoMo architecture, often derided as gaudy and excessive, is having a revival – just in time to save some of its greatest treasures

A gaggle of architecture enthusiasts are standing on the windswept edge of Greenland Dock in east London, shivering on their bikes and straining to see beauty in the 1980s housing development that stands across the water. “If you look closely,” says their guide, Elain Harwood, “you will see it is a combination of Miami Tudor crossed with Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with a hint of the docklands warehouse.”

What had begun as a punk aesthetic became synonymous with the era of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan

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