Tropical Architecture: Critical Regionalism in the Age of Globalization

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Tropical Architecture presents a selection of essays by architectural historians and theoreticians on key issues in tropical architecture today. Alongside these are examples of work (both architectural and urbanist) from leading tropical architecture practitioners - including emerging practitioners and established architectural stars. Contributors include Ken Yeang, Michael Pearce, Charles Correa and many more.
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Tropical Architecture presents a selection of essays by architectural historians and theoreticians on key issues in tropical architecture today. Alongside these are examples of work (both architectural and urbanist) from leading tropical architecture practitioners - including emerging practitioners and established architectural stars. Contributors include Ken Yeang, Michael Pearce, Charles Correa and many more.
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Architects, academics, and critics examine a broad array of issues related to the shared ecology and differing regional styles of architecture in the tropical regions in this collection of 13 essays. Accompanied by illustrations and photographs, the essays address commonalities in approaches to shared environmental dilemmas, the conflict between regionalism and globalization, the relationship between architecture and national identity, considerations of environmental sustainability, urban development, and other issues raised by tropical architecture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471496083
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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ALEXANDER TZONIS is Professor of Architectural Theory at the TUDelft and director of Design Knowledge Systems Research Center. Among his books are Towards a Non-Oppressive Environment (I-Press/MIT Press, 1972) and Hermes and the Golden Thinking Machine (Bradford/MIT Press, 1990). He has also co-authored several books with Liane Lefaivre, including Classical Architecture (MIT Press, 1986) and the AIA prize-winning Architecture in Europe since 1968 (Thames Hudson, 1992).
LIANE LEFAIVRE is a researcher at the DKS Center at the TUDelft. She has authored prize-winning scholarly books on the Renaissance and Enlightenment, among them the AIA award-winning Leon Battista Alberti's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (MIT Press, 1997). She is a contributing editor of Architecture magazine in New York and has written widely on contemporary architecture, in particular on dirty realism.
BRUNO STAGNO, a practising architect in San Jose, Costa Rica, studies in Santiage, Chile and Paris and is one of the most eminent architects of South America today. He is Director of the Institute for Tropical Architecture, San Jose. His work has been published in Bruno Stagno: An Architect in the Tropics (Asia Design Forum Publications, 1999). It was Stagno's initiative to invite leading architects from the tropical region to enter a discussion that served as a point of departure of the present book. In 1997 he was given the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Award.
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Table of Contents

Contributors.

Foreword.

Preface.

Tropical Critical Regionalism: Introductory Comments (L. Lefaivre & A. Tzonis).

The Suppression and Rethinking of Regionalism and Tropicalism after 1945 (L. Lefaivre & A. Tzonis).

Globalization: Some Cultural Dilemmas (G. Mosquera).

Tropicality (B. Stagno).

Modernizing Appropriations/Appropriating Modernity (T. Beng).

Architecture and National Identity (S. Porto).

Architecture and City in the Caribbean: The Reinvention of Paradise (R. Segre).

The Architecture of the Panama Canal: Colonialism, Syncretism and Coming to Terms with the Tropics (E. Tejeira-Davis).

Designing and Building in the Tropics (B. Stagno).

Architectural Responses in Tropical India (R. Mehrotra).

The Green Agenda (K. Yeang).

Three Tropical Design Paradigms (B. Philip).

Rethinking the City in the Tropics: The Tropical City Concept (T. Soon).

Index.

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