Kenneth Frampton's Strategy Of Critical Regionalism

1714 Words7 Pages
Kenneth Frampton has theorised important aspects of Critical Regionalism in the text Towards a Critical Regionalism: 6 Points for an Architecture of Resistance. In the text Frampton answers Paul Ricoeur’s paradoxical question of “how to become modern and to return to sources: how to revive an old, dormant civilization and take part in universal civilisation” (Frampton 1983:16).Frampton believes that moving towards a strategy of critical regionalism, is the solution and explains how to achieve this through six points. This essay will discuss four of Frampton’s six points namely: critical regionalism and world culture, the resistance of place-form, culture versus nature and the visual versus the tactile. A visual analysis of a South African building, The Forum Homini Hotel (See fig. 1), will be done for further understanding of the points and how it relates to its design.
Critical regionalism was first introduced as an architectural concept by Alex Tzonis and Liliane Lefaive and later by Kenneth Frampton. According to Frampton, the strategy of critical regionalism is “to mediate the impact of universal civilisation with elements derived indirectly from the peculiarities of a particular place” (Frampton 1983: 21). The role of critical regionalism is to create a form of resistance to certain methods of architecture like “normative, universal standards, practices, forms, and technological and economic conditions” (Eggener 2002: 395).
Critical regionalism is difficult to define
Open Document