Contextual Tradition In Architecture

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In "Soo Chan: ‘Architecture is About Preserving a Way of Life, Not Simply Introducing a New Formal Language’," Vladimir Belogolovsky writes: Traditions is important when it contains moments of change... Traditions does not mean closure, immobility. Quite the opposite, the value of traditions is in being open to innovations. Tradition is not the opposite of innovation, it is complementary. Tradition comes from successive interchanges. Isolated cultures that try to preserve their traditions without being open to new ideas collapse. Every traditional culture is influenced by outside cultures. When tracing the history of architecture back to Maya architecture, the key methodological and theoretical approaches that the Mayans have taken to the…show more content…
It is at this juncture that the architect’s role within contextual design earns importance and for this reason that the questioning and criticism of contextual design should often be done in light of what the architect gives prominence to in his interpretation and definition of the contextual problem, and the ideas which form the basis of his interpretation. The gradual decrease of contextual design’s popularity was brought out by the avant-garde approaches that the deconstructivits had. They had their own take on cultural approach. Postmodernists supported historical/ conservative approaches that led to the establishment of misleading environments that created designs that disregards the surrounding architecture. (Çizgen,…show more content…
This gives a clear definition that would determine the essence of contextual design in a better suitable method. Design within the empathic attitude establishes empathy between itself and the environment. In other words, it strives to achieve a harmony with the surrounding, to blend right in, and aims to exist in such manner. On the other hand, the sympathetic approach takes on a more moderate perspective. Thought of as the correct and appropriate attitude towards contextual design from the standpoint of contemporary professional ethics (deconstructivists); the value of this approach gives to the interpretive ability of the architect. With this approach finds a response to the critique that surrounds the conservative facet of contextual design; and it once again highlights how important the architect is to the

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