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TRANSCULTURAL ARCHITECTURE: THE LIMITS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF CRITICAL REGIONALISM. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 220 pp. with 61 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2015-10327 ISBN 9781472463418 In English.
Publisher's description: Critical Regionalism is a notion which gained popularity in architectural debate as a synthesis of universal, 'modern' elements and individualistic elements derived from local cultures. This book shifts the focus from Critical Regionalism towards a broader concept of 'Transcultural Architecture' and defines Critical Regionalism as a subgroup of the latter. One of the benefits that this change of perspective brings about is that a large part of the political agenda of Critical Regionalism, which consists of resisting attitudes forged by typically Western experiences, is 'softened' and negotiated according to premises provided by local circumstances. A further benefit is that several responses dependent on factors that initial definitions of Critical Regionalism never took into account can now be considered. At the book's centre is an analysis of Reima and Raili Pietila's Sief Palace Area project in Kuwait. Further cases of modern architecture in China, Korea, and Saudi Arabia show that the critique, which holds that Critical Regionalism is a typical 'western' exercise, is not sound in all circumstances. The book argues that there are different Critical Regionalisms and not all of them impose Western paradigms on non-Western cultures.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170998
Hardcover $119.95    

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