The judgement, still pending, on the legacy of the modern and its recent dissipation is inherent in the cycle of the dialectic between innovation and tradition. The body of thought which constitutes the discipline is at stake: it is only by resisting that it can trigger a dialectic which will lead to real change. The current arbitrary and ineffective deceits address the theoretical question by the overturning the terms of it: relativism which held up its meta-design by multiplying the aphorisms of the modern aesthetic is now giving way today to a caricature of the ephemeral and the fetishism of linguistic games. It is the dialectic tension between changes and permanencies which triggers the real sense of transformation making the universalist vision of modern space comparable to post-modern attempts to construct the relative sense of the significance of place.
Keywords: Modern design; change; paradigm