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OASE 103

Critical Regionalism Revisited

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> Internationally renowned architectural historian Kenneth Frampton received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2018. Critical Regionalism is his most known theory

> Today, architects are searching for new ways to design and conceive built space. Critical Regionalism might just be the concept that we need to revisit.

The English architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the latest Venice Biennale 2018. There is no architecture student that is not familiar with the book Modern Architecture: A Critical History (1980) of this renowned historian, nor with his essay ‘Towards a Critical Regionalism, Six Points of an Architecture of Resistance’ (1983). In this last text, Frampton searched for an alternative approach towards architecture by defining the specifics of topography, climate, light and tectonics as essential to the art of building.

This issue of OASE examines the canonical role of Kenneth Frampton’s concept of ‘Critical Regionalism’, reaching beyond its traditional interpretation. It gathers contributions that propose a new genealogy of the text, critical re-readings and explorations by practicing architects and architecture theorists that evaluate the interest of Frampton’s ideas for contemporary architecture.

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ISBN 978-94-6208-486-5 | May 2019 | available | Tom Avermaete, Veronique Patteeuw, Hans Teerds, Lea-Catherine Szacka | design: Aagje Martens, Karel Martens | Dutch, English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 160 pages | illustrated (50 b/w) | in conjunction with: ETH Zurich, Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design

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