The past decade has seen increased interest in the rereading of postmodern architecture’s history. Mediated Messages is a timely publication that contributes to these efforts in admirable fashion. The volume’s editors, Véronique Patteeuw and Léa-Catherine Szacka, have both contributed important work to the topic of postmodernism in recent years, and here their collaboration has resulted in a valuable compilation of media-related case studies that explore how periodical publications and exhibitions in particular provided the conditions for the development of postmodern architecture.

The book examines the relation between architecture and media, particularly the role played by exhibitions and periodicals in the discipline’s development during the 1970s and 1980s. The collection of essays makes evident not only how architecture found a multiplier in the media but also how postmodern architecture indeed manifested itself through and in relation to its various forms of distribution. This argument might at first appear obvious: one need...

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