Conference: Architecture and Identity - The Construction of Cultural Identity in Contemporary Architecture.
Date: December 6-8, 2004
Venue: House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
An international conference on the making of cultural identity in contemporary architecture, to take place from 6-8 December 2004 in Berlin, is currently being organized by the HABITAT UNIT at Berlin University of Technology. The conference aims at revealing the mechanisms of constructing the “own” and the “foreign” through architecture in an international, global context. It concludes an international research project exploring the recent discourse on cultural identity in architecture in the South. The conference will present the results of regional studies prepared in the research project and discuss them in a wider geographic and thematic context. Regions covered by our research partners include India (Rahul Mehrotra), the United Arab Emirates (Dr. Nadia Mehdi Alhasani), Brazil (Dr. Ruth Verde Zein), Mexico (Susanne Dussel) and Singapore (William Lim). It is intended to place the ongoing regional discourses in an international and interdisciplinary perspective by inviting contributions from various disciplines and from a wide range of geographical regions.
Day one of the conference will present the results of the year-long international research project. Day two will consist of panel discussions with contributions from a variety of disciplines (including, but not limited to architecture, history, sociology, anthropology and art history) and regions beyond those of the research project in parallel discussion groups. Day three will be dedicated to drawing conclusions from the discussion groups of the previous days.
We kindly ask for contributions (maximum 20 minutes reading time) to the panel discussions on day two. Please attribute your paper to one of the main themes addressed by the panels:
The making of local identity.
This panel will focus on the question of how local identity is currently being made. It will reflect on the mechanisms, tools, actors, the media involved as well as the role of history. It will also explore trans-cultural injections of ideas and stereotypes.
The global and the local.
This panel will deal with the impact of globalization on local architecture and related discourses. It will examine the emergence of “localisms” as a reaction to the globalization of cultural values, uniform architectural styles and stereotype patterns of space and form.
Theoretical concepts – revisited.
This panel will discuss the validity of concepts that have been developed over the past 20 years to explain contemporary phenomena in architecture. References include but are not limited to “critical regionalism”, “reflexive modernization” and “hybridity” and their meaning for the current architectural debate.
Diversity as a pattern of local architecture.
This group will focus on the diversification of styles and architectural languages that has been observed in our regional studies and will further elaborate on the theoretical as well as practical implications of this trend.
Contributions related both to theory and architectural practice are welcome. Conference language is English. Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a one-page CV should be submitted before June 15, 2004.
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