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Post-script to the Venice Biennale: a recent visitor tells Astragal about running into publisher Andreas Papadakis at the Arsenale, on the very spot where Post-Modernism was born, 20 years ago. Outside a small bar at the Arsenale, Papadakis recalls, 20 or so architects, writers and others had a long conversation which marked the emergence of Po-Mo as the '80s style of choice (for some). Charles Jencks was there, and became the movement's chronicler, with Papadakis as its publisher. So whatever happened to it? The former AD owner is philosophical - believing that the ideas became common currency, were absorbed into culture generally, and resulted in good buildings by good architects and bad buildings by bad ones.

'We agreed that few contemporary architects should be let loose along the Grand Canal, ' writes my source.

'Modernism there is represented by the moored yachts.'

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