On Reyner Banham

A re-thinking of the enigmatic British Historian

Done under the advise of Prof Kai Gutschow.

This is a paper submitted for the Avery Review Competition that tries to view Reyner Banham in a new light. The main thesis is that Reyner Banham was a lot more post-modern than originally assumed. That, despite his explicit and vehement repeated claims for a technologically focused architectural discipline, the episteme he inhabited was a post- modern one which did not resemble his modern predecessors such as Nikolaus Pevsner, but more resembled that of his contemporaries and successors such as Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown - that in fact, it may have been Banham's critique of modernism that led to the post-modern thesis.