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Vernaculus. Uwagi o regionalizmie w architekturze
Vernaculus. Comments about regionalism in architecture.

Author(s): Gabriela Świtek
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: regionalism; architecture; Expo; ethno picture; Mumford; Ricoeur; Frampton; local culture; universalism; Arts & Crafts

Summary/Abstract: The author follows through the changing attitude towards the concept of regionalism in architecture. Noticing that redefinition of the local folklore became an important strategy in contemporary architecture (it is visible for example in the forms of Polish pavilions at Expo exhibitions: a highlander hut in 2000, a wicker front of the pavilion in 2005, and finally the project of 2010 pavilon, based on a folk art paper-cut) Świtek discusses manifestations of vernacular architecture: juxtaposition of vernacular trend with Engineering School, looking for the source of architecture in rustic designs, critical regionalism put forth by Mumford and carried on by Ricoeur and Frampton, or regionalism seen as a critique of global modernism. She also evaluates contemporary forms of regionalism in architecture and tries to find an answer to the question whether regionalism boils down to generating an artificial ethno-picture, or whether we are able to create innovative and original forms, embedded in, what the author calls, “ironic vernacularism”.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 64-73
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish