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Frampton's critical regionalism


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Frampton's critical regionalism

  1. 1. Rida Ilyas 1 Rida Ilyas Architecture Design October 7, 2013 Frampton’s Critical Regionalism Kenneth Frampton was born in Woking, England in the year 1930. He took his training as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. At present, he a professor at Columbia University, New York City. He has previously worked as an architect, architectural historian and critic. Frampton has written books and essays on modern and contemporary architecture. He tried to acquire a better understanding of architectural identity, making places and contemporary architectural demands. Frampton’s Critical Regionalism explores the loss of regional culture overpowered by global development. In his essay, he gives “Six points for an Architecture of Resistance” in which he has addressed the condition of traditional culture and how our technocratic world has moved the society to universalization of the civilization. Now, Frampton has devised a new system for a new type of architecture that synthesizes identity, past, history, culture and values of a region which he calls architecture of resistance because it serves as an element of prosperity for the region itself. He has tried to achieve a process of integration between old traditions and changing modernism. He, thereby has devised a framework of some specific features that for him, define the critical regionalism. In the following six points:      Culture and Civilization The rise and fall of the Avant-Garde Critical Regionalism and World culture The resistance of the Place Form Culture Versus nature: Topography, Context, climate, light and Tectonic Form.
  2. 2. Rida Ilyas 2  The Visual Versus the Tactile Frampton’s concept of regionalism mainly focuses on the relationship of a building to its site and location in a sociological context. I perceive the essay as a process of consuming. He uses the features of site, he has embraced and emphasized on the specific characteristics of site. Geography, climate, environment, cultural background should all be brought into consideration to utilize with the contemporary architecture inorder to strengthen the regional identity and contribute towards recreating the place. He wanted the countries of South to re-examine their traditions and go back to learn their own traditional values, principles, identity and bring out the sense of ownness in architecture. ______________________________