Message - Re: WTC: General Observations

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Posted by  Paul Malo on September 17, 2002 at 20:28:30:

In Reply to:  Re: WTC: General Observations posted by Jacques Pochoy on September 17, 2002 at 09:12:12:

What you seem to be saying, Jacques (vis-a-vis Nikos) is that modernization is not an option to be chosen or rejected. It's happening and is irreversable.

You and I seem to agree that demographics are the core problem--too many people. Urbanization is happening at an incredible pace in many parts of the world--places that hardly had cities not long ago--and some of these remote (to me) places are projected to have the many of largest cities in the world within the lifetimes of many who participate in this forum.

Terrorists and bombed buildings will not reverse this trend--unless a great many more people are killed (as Malthus would anticipate, on the scale of genocide, given this demographic scenario).

So if the old order cannot survive unchanged, to what degree, and how, should it change? What is the role of culture, of tradition, of ethnic and regional difference, given the prospect of globalization and global urbanization? This is where Nikos' concerns (and mine) come in.

As I suggested in a recent post, when someone raised the issue of "Eurocentrism," what's wrong with Europeans being Eurocentric? As a corollary to that, what's wrong with the Western cultural tradition for Westerners--so long as we don't continue to be colonialists, imposing Western culture on the rest of the world? I'd hope that the Chinese could continue to develop a Chinese culture and Chinese architecture. I'd also hope that Europe could remain European. What I see, and find distressing, is the lingua franca of Modern architecture becoming a global, blurring sense of place and identity.

When all the world becomes "modern," will one place be like every other place on the globe?

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