Ideas and events of prehistoric Anatollan domestic architecture are em-ployed to construct a paradigm (Kubler, 1962; Kuhn, 1970) that, in thispaper, is used to explain the current condition of contemporary architec-ture (Harlan, 1989). The paper begins by describing the paradigm which isbased on patterns of alternating uniformity and diversity in domestic ar-chItectural space within and between the settlements of prehistoric Anatolia(Decker and Schaar, 1984; Schaar, 1987). Uniformity and diversity(WoIfflin, 1950; Frankl, 1968) are terms used to describe periodic spa-tial manifestations in the context of achitectural history.The current condition of contemporary architecture is characterized by avariety of design ideas, resulting In diverse spatial manifestations (Jencks,1977). The questions addressed by this paper are whether the prevailingvariety of design ideas is still part of Modern, whether it is a transitionstage between Modern and a new period, or whether it is already the begin-ning of a new period that is characteristically diverse.The paper addresses these questions by describing the condition of contem-porary arcitecuture as a phenomenon within a larger contex of architecturalhistory. The paradigm of prehistoric Anatolian domestic architecture iscorrelated with the alternating manifestations of uniformity and diversityreprsented by architecture of the Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Nine-teenth-century eclecticism, and Modern period to show that an active ap-plication of precedents (Tafuri, 1980) can be used to explain how the cur-rent condition of contemporary architecture relates to its larger contex inhistory.