More great tidbits from the 80's about 80's architecture in the nytimes.
ARCHITECTURE VIEW; MODERNISM REAFFIRMS ITS POWER
By PAUL GOLDBERGER
Published: November 24, 1985
The moral force of modernism, its determination to see the world in a new way and remake it accordingly, had ebbed; what was left was the esthetic itself, stripped of its ideological baggage. [...]
The neo-modernism of the mid-1980's does not look like the modernism of an earlier generation. Consistent with its interest in esthetic matters over social meaning, it is more mannered, more complex visually than most earlier modernism: the work of Richard Meier is sufficient testament to that.