Regional Architecture and Identity in the Age of Globalization
The International Conference of
The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region
In Collaboration with
National School of Architecture and Urbanism
Tunis, Tunisia, 13-15 November, 2006
This paper argues that the world regions, according to their traditional definitions as isolated distinctive entities, do not exist any more.
Globalization has created “a virtual region” that is influencing the life of the individual more than the physical geographic regions.
This paper investigates how the process of globalization has taken place in the Arabian Gulf region since the middle of the 20th century and its impact on the formation of contemporary built environment identity.
It traces the origins of globalization and investigates its current “tides” at the beginning of the 21st century.