Critical Regionalism: Architecture and Identity in a Globalized World

Overview

The latest book in the Architecture in Focus series, this beautifully illustrated and designed book reconsiders critical regionalism and brilliantly demonstrates the global viability of one of the most visible trends in contemporary architecture.

As globalization increasingly enters every facet of our lives, its homogenizing effects on architecture, urban spaces, and the landscape have compelled architects to embrace the principles of critical regionalism, an alternative theory ...

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Overview

The latest book in the Architecture in Focus series, this beautifully illustrated and designed book reconsiders critical regionalism and brilliantly demonstrates the global viability of one of the most visible trends in contemporary architecture.

As globalization increasingly enters every facet of our lives, its homogenizing effects on architecture, urban spaces, and the landscape have compelled architects to embrace the principles of critical regionalism, an alternative theory that respects local culture, geography and climate. In this important reexamination of critical regionalism, two prominent architectural critics argue for a truce between the seemingly antithetical philosophies of critical regionalism and globalization.

The authors trace the genesis of critical regionalism to its ancient historical and political roots, and focus on its modern expression in the works of Aalvar Aalto, Richard Neutra, Oscar Niemeyer and others. They point to the increasing use of the theory in the recent works of a truly global selection of visionary architects—including Santiago Calatrava in Spain, Renzo Piano in the South Pacific, and Berger & Parkkinen in Germany. Discussions of Tropical Architecture and contemporary work in Asia round out this important contribution to a topical debate about architecture’s role in the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791329727
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Architecture in Focus Ser.
  • Edition description: Flexi-cover
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introducing an architecture of the present : critical regionalism and the design of identity 8
Critical regionalism : a facet of modern architecture since 1945 22
Projects 56
Oscar Niemeyer : Dance Hall, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil 1942 58
Richard Neutra : the Kaufmann Desert House, Palm Springs, California, USA 1946-47 62
Alvar Aalto : Saynatsalo Town Hall, Saynatsalo, Finland 1948-52 66
Dimitris Pikionis : pathway up the Acropolis and the Philopappos Hill, Athens, Greece 1953-57 70
Ricardo Porro : School of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba 1961-65 74
Moshe Safdie : Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, Israel 1976-88 78
Renzo Piano building workshop : Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia 1993-98 82
Berger + Parkkinen : the Nordic Embassies, Berlin, Germany 1995-99 88
Jacques Ferrier and Jean-Francois Irissou : Siege Social de Total energie La Tour-de-Salvagny, Lyon, France 1998-99 92
Christopher Benninger : the Mahindra United World College, Pune, India 1997-2000 96
Jose Antonio Martinez Lapena & Elias Torres Tur : La Granja Escalator, Toledo, Spain 1997-2000 102
German del Sol : Hot Springs Landscape, hotel and horse stables, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile 1998-2000 108
Kengo Kuma : Hiroshige Ando Museum, Batoh, Tochigi prefecture, Japan 1998-2000 110
Leslie Elkins and James Turrell : Live Oak Friends Meeting Hall, Houston, Texas, USA 1995-2001 116
MVRDV : Hageneiland, Ypenburg, the Netherlands 1997-2001 120
Santiago Calatrava : Ysios Winery, Laguardia, Alava, Spain 1998-2001 124
NavarraOfficeWalkArchitecture : strip park between Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina, Catania, Italy 2001 128
Foreign office architects : Yokohama international port terminal, Yokohama, Japan 1995-2002 132
Gary Chang / Edge Design Institute Ltd. : Suitcase House, Beijing, China 2001-02 138
Atellers Jean Nouvel : museum on Qual Branly, Paris, France, since 1999 144
The architects 151
Selected bibliography 154
Author biographies 157
Illustration credits 158
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