Regionalism Analysis

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The idea of globalization is opposing regionalism. Globalization has devalued the real identity from the past. This essay will examine this viewpoint and provide a possible solution contrary to the statement. Globalization makes everything easier to spread worldwide. People are easy to travel and communicate throughout the world and it could be a threat for the concept of regionalism. Tzonis and Lefaivre (2001, p.6-9) refer to a speech by Lewis Mumford who observes that, “Human regionalism is not a matter of using the most available local material or construction neither is it in conflict with the universal.” They argued “Regional insight has to be used to defend us from the international style”. Both agreed that globalization started to flatten…show more content…
While regionalism tried to apply vernacular architecture in a literal way, critical regionalism tried to be more intelligent It doesn’t have to always use the traditional design and materials, but rather translate it in different way, in order to adapting to the current context. By doing this, it will not losing the traditional roots of the identity, but at the same time it is applicable and acceptable in the global…show more content…
The architect considers the Javanese architectural traditions and tries to relate to the modern approach. This could be one way to struggle for identity in the era of globalization. Even the building was built in between 1910-1930, but the rational is still applicable until now. As Kusno observed, the architect focused on the mathematics and physics of traditional Javanese architecture, analyzed it, and then related it to modern theory of architecture. Through his comprehensive study, he discovered the secrets of the traditional Javanese structural system, which provides greater bearing capacity through relatively light and economical construction (p. 205). The spirituality of the indigenous architectural tradition had no place in the modern rational framework. Yet the architect managed to maintain the familiarity of the indigenous architectural images despite representing them through a modern rational framework (p.
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