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According to Frampton, the physical space of region and the place where the communications between people are not identical. While making architectural structure on the natural setting, each of these two parts ought to be integrated with one another so as to attain relationship between its idea, instead of producing a free-standing object.

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Critical Regionalism for our time

Courtesy Yudi Ela. And while the year-old scholar has been transferring his archives to the Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA , Frampton has not stopped teaching or writing: An updated edition of his book Modern Architecture: A Critical History —a classic—is in the works, with a new chapter that casts a brighter light on architecture practices outside the West. Zachary Edelson: Before you came to the U. How did that experience shape you? Kenneth Frampton: I was trained as an architect, I worked as an architect.


Critical regionalism

Critical regionalism is an approach to architecture that strives to counter the placelessness and lack of identity of the International Style , but also rejects the whimsical individualism and ornamentation of Postmodern architecture. The stylings of critical regionalism seek to provide an architecture rooted in the modern tradition, but tied to geographical and cultural context. Critical regionalism is not simply regionalism in the sense of vernacular architecture. It is a progressive approach to design that seeks to mediate between the global and the local languages of architecture. Sri Lankan Architect Minnette De Silva was one of the pioneers in practicing this architecture style in the s and termed it 'Regional Modernism'. Critical Regionalists thus hold that both modern and post-modern architecture are "deeply problematic". In "Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six points for an architecture of resistance", Frampton recalls Paul Ricoeur 's "how to become modern and to return to sources; how to revive an old, dormant civilization and take part in universal civilization".


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