The term grand narrative or in other

The term grand narrative or in other
words, the “metanarrative”, which when you derive the word itself, it basically
means a complex idea formed by the concept of “story telling”, so a story,
inside a story, that explains the philosophical aspects of knowledge and historical
understanding. It is a global narrative theory of the historical experience, which
completes an aspect of a proficient idea. These narratives vary from the notion
of religion to the emergence of the modern era to the criticism and critiques
of the perspective of the post-modern world.


The expression of the “Grand Narratives” was first established by the French philosopher,
“Jean- Francois Lyotard” in (1979), where he theorized the term “post-modern”
by looking at different scopes of views and establishing a form of knowledge
from it. In his famous, well known book “The
Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge”, which was
also published in (1979). Lyotard argues that we need to see the world In terms
of a “perforation of micro-narratives”.  He was driven entirely by the
economic logic. He was also looking at the “rejection of the grand narratives”,
because to him that’s what the postmodernism era was about. Postmodernism had
this ideology of getting away from the constraints of modernism, and to follow
different paths and connect them to the local culture.

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One of the main concepts that Lyotard
keeps mentioning in his book is the “death of the
grand narrative”, how in the postindustrial society “the
grand narrative is dead”. That is because to him “The People” decide what Is
needed to determine the legitimacy of the truth.


A particular historical period that
affected our belief about the idea of the “Grand narrative” disappearing,
occurred in (1966) which is when post-modernism started. It officially started when the” Pruitt
Igoe Scheme (1954)” got blown up in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 15,1972 at
3:32 pm. After it  was demolished by
dynamite, new projects started to ascend, turning the slum buildings into new
astonishing flats, that’s also where architect “Minoru Yamasaki” designed the well-known
“World Trade Centre”. A key feature that postmodernism likes to see is the “eradication” of the thing that went before (creating
an image of destroying the thing that proceeds it).  It’s the stage where the transcendence
of “metanarratives” took over the “micronarratives”. It’s the phase where we
move from modernism to postmodernism, how “modernism” was mostly recognized as a style, a kind of concept of the view of the
world. Whereas in “postmodernism” it was taken in a much more deeper concern to develop architecture
within the different cultures that we are surrounded with. The idea of irony is
also repeatedly being conveyed in postmodernism.