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What are your thoughts on the globalization of Architecture? How do you interpret this new age in Architecture?

With the technological advancements that we see in this day and age and the continuing increase of communication, we have as a community fostered the phenomenon of globalization. Instigating the disappearance of borders and allowing the free movement of products, people and ideologies. With the progression of these new technologies, ideas and solutions to local problems we can also undoubtedly see a trend in the change of what is considered “one’s own”. This essence is what identifies and differentiates people and their cultures from others. From a sociological standpoint, the architectural typology is a manifestation of social identity, and therefore, studying our current society, we could make conjectures and understand the architecture and principles of the recent years.

Since the end of the 80’s, vast technological advancements have been made that have allowed architecture to shift and transcend farther than the imaginable. Now we are able to see more and more projects where curved and diagonal lines appear. The interspersed and superimposed volumes, that only with the use computer and sophisticated modelling programs its visualization and building has become possible. A new generation of architects has emerged, allowing them to reference the past while beginning the search of new and varied forms. This new architecture, is a direct result of the phenomenon of globalization. Something which will bring a wide variety of cross cultural benefits to the people, and allow professionals from all over the world to take part in different projects.

With these changes though, some may think that we are reducing what might be the identity of the local architecture and its people. Making the physical, the social, the natural identity get lost along the way. However, a new “neutral” architecture has been generated. A new meaning of a theme and context; now we see projects that may not have a direct function to what may be interpreted from the outside, lines converge in places that make no sense, but draw our attention in its own complexity. Turning it into architecture that could essentially be anywhere else in the world. I think that we can all agree with the fact that a lot of the architecture that we see around the world today is indefinite, unlimited, universal, and independent of the context of the area and its people. Even thought these are the characteristics that give this new identity an architectural type, if we manage to respect local values and adhere to the problems faced in a social, economical, and environmental context, we can call this a successful era of globalization.

 

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