Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity, and Tradition

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Princeton Architectural Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Architecture - 463 pages
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In this rapidly globalizing world, any investigation of architecture inevitably leads to considerations of regionalism. But despite its omnipresence in contemporary practice and theory, architectural regionalism remains a fluid concept, its historical development and current influence largely undocumented. This comprehensive reader brings together over 40 key essays illustrating the full range of ideas embodied by the term. Authored by important critics, historians, and architects such as Kenneth Frampton, Lewis Mumford, Sigfried Giedion, and Alan Colquhoun, Architectural Regionalism represents the history of regionalist thinking in architecture from the early twentieth century to today.

These seminal textsmany of which are out of print and hard to locateare organized around themes that include regionalism and rapid modernization, modernism, historicism, regional planning, bioregionalism, and critical regionalism. Also included are a small group of recent, previously unpublished essays that extend the notion of architectural regionalism into the future. Taken as a whole, the collection underscores the continuing relevance of the concept as it fosters thoughtful works that engage the senses, embody and express local cultural processes, promote environmental sustainability, and enhance people's awareness of the world around them. Editor Vincent Canizaro's insightful introduction and his brief analysis of each essay guides readers through the lively debate surrounding this topic, making this the definitive reference on architectural regionalism for faculty, students, and practitioners in design and design-related fields.

 

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Contents

The Promise of Regionalism
10
lntroduction
16
The Regional Motive
36
Universal Civilization and National Cultures
42
CRlTlCAL POSlTlONS lN ARCHlTECTURAL REGlONALlSM
55
Regionalism
66
Regionalism in American Architecture
81
Excerpts from The South in Architecture
97
Excerpts from A Pattem Language
244
The Architects Role
253
Perspectives on Regional Design
259
On the Present State of Architecture
269
Status
289
The New Regionalism
311
The Meaning of Regionalism in Architecture
320
Regionalism and Modem Architecture
326

Cultural Continuum and Regional ldentity in Architecture
111
Lessons from Algeria and the Middle East
121
The Feasibility of Regional Architecture
128
Critique of Regionalism
141
The Concept of Regionalism
147
Four Approaches to Regionalism in Architecture
157
Excerpts from Manual for Drivers and Guides Descriptive of
179
Old Forms for New Buildings
189
Hispanic Revivalism in
195
Regionalism and Texas Architecture
205
Regionalism versus lntemationalism
214
A Project in Regional Planning
223
Regional Planning
236
Reinhabiting Califomia
334
Some Bioregional Theory and Practice
341
Biotechnology and Regional lntegration
351
Desert Bloom
362
Constructive Regionalism
368
A Case for the Menil Collection
386
A Critique of Critical Regionalism
395
Toward a Reflexive Regionalism
409
Strong Margins
429
Notes
446
MODERN REGlONALlSM REFERENTlAL REGlONALlSM
448
Selected Bibliography
456
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Vincent B. Canizaro is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Texas, San Antonio. As a practicing architect, Canizaro focuses on site-specific, sustainable, and community-based design and landscape.

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