Message - Re: globalisation of architecture

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Posted by  Terry L. Walker, AIA, MBA on February 08, 2004 at 16:58:58:

In Reply to:  globalisation of architecture posted by b.nittin vignesh on January 31, 2004 at 07:31:30:

Glabalization of architecture as an objective is inherrently flawed as a concept. Exactly what should be globalized and who will decide. Architecture is the spacial expression of human life and experience over time. It is the built record of civilization, and embodies the rich manefestaion of our global diversity. Architecture captures our cultures like frozen music, this is it's most precious attribute and as such should continue to celebrate who you are as a people.

However, globilization of building technology, regulatory codes, standards of safety in the service of man, is both prudent and desirable.

Let the former never be the mandate of the later.

I am a citizen of the USA a country where our architectural heritage is less than 200 years old. We are still struggling inour infancy for atchitectural identity and most of what we do have, that we can call our own, is a mere doodle on the back of this global phenomina. Our cities were given form and scale by the automobile, and in this sense are products of the agent of chaos. Our buildings more often than not defy human scale, defy the land and struggle in every way to maintain a sustainable relationship to the environment.

That this great architectural experiment will endure without significant mitigation is unlikely. I can think of no greater evil upon the world than that it would be allowed to spread world wide to the obliteration of human scale and cultural identity everywhere.

Terry L. Walker, Architect

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