Exceptional architecture stands in the face of the negative aspects of commercial globalisation by celebrating the spirit of individual place; and by being rooted in its culture, its geography and in the experience and value systems of the people that have created it. By drawing from work across the world, this issue of AD will demonstrate that it is possible for architects, designers and engineers to design outstanding buildings that sustain a sense of local identity, both in terms of cultural heritage and the conservation of the environment. In the last few years, a groundswell of critical resistance to the homogenised imposition of a form–driven universal architecture, which defies local context, has continued to grow unabated, as has developing interest in an alternative pathway to the design of buildings.
Human Experience and Place will be launched at the third Sustaining Identity symposium at the V&A in London in November 2012, curated by Paul Brislin and Juhani Pallasmaa and co–partnered by Arup Associates, the V&A and Architectural Design; and featuring contributors to the issue. Sustaining Identity gathers likeminded exemplary practitioners of an architecture of resistance together on a biannual basis: an alternative avant–garde whose work sustains human identity through its focus on specific culture and place.
- Contributors include: Peter Buchanan, Ricky Burdett, Farrokh Derakshani, Murray Fraser, Jayne Merkel and Juhani Pallasmaa.
- Features include: Arup Associates, Sean Godsell, Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai), Rick Joy, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Jonathan Kirschenfeld, Christopher Lee (Serie Architects), Li Xiaodong Atelier, Josep Lluis Mateo, Pezo von Ellrichshausen Arquitectos, Wang Shu, Woha and Kongjian Yu (Turenscape).
EditorIal 5Helen Castle
About the Guest–Editor 6Paul Brislin
Identity, Place and Human ExperiencePaul Brislin
Newness, Tradition and Identity: Existential Content and Meaning in Architecture 14Juhani Pallasmaa
In Conversation 22Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasma
IDENTITY AND LOCALITY 26
Appropriating, Reclaiming and Inventing Identity Through Architecture 28Farrokh Derakhshani
A Reflexive Conversation: Bridge School and Liyuan Library 34Li Xiaodong
Identity Through the Grounding of Experience in Place 40Rick Joy
Earthworks 46Josep Lluís Mateo
Outlines 52Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen
IDENTITY AND ECONOMY 58
The Future is Unwritten: Global Culture, Identity and Economy 60Murray Fraser
School in Gando, Burkina Faso 66Diébédo Francis Kéré
The Big Feet Aesthetic and the Art of Survival 72Kongjian Yu
Reading the Wind and Weather: The Meteorological Architecture of Studio Mumbai 78Kazi Ashraf
Peripatetic Infrastructure 84Jonathan Kirschenfeld
IDENTITY AND SCALE 90
Mapping Scales of Urban Identity 92Ricky Burdett
Essence, Scale and Natural Events 98Paul Brislin
Common Artefacts 104Christopher CM Lee
The Breathing Tropical High–Rise 112Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell and Alina Yeo
The Problem of Scale 116Sean Godsell
The Reluctant Architect: An Interview with Wang Shu of Amateur Architects Studio 122Edward Denison and Guang Yu Ren
Developing a Sensitivity to Locale and Human ExperienceJayne Merkel
A Pivotal Point: On the Edge of History 136Peter Buchanan