But after September 11, Smith asserts, late modern architecture suddenly seemed an indulgence. With close readings of key buildingsâincluding JÃ¸rn Utzonâs Sydney Opera House, Minoru Yamasakiâs World Trade Center, Frank Gehryâs Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Richard Meierâs Getty CenterâSmith traces the growth of the spectacular architecture of modernity and then charts its aftermath in the conditions of contemporaneity. Indeed, Smith focuses on the very culture of aftermath itself, exploring how global politics, clashing cultures, and symbolic warfare have changed the way we experience destination architecture.Â
Like other artists everywhere, architects are responding to the idea of aftermath by questioning the viability of their forms and the validity of their purposes. With his richly illustrated The Architecture of Aftermath, Smith has done so as well.