Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization
Peaks and Valleys in the Flat World
Routledge – 2012 – 232 pages
The definitive introductory book on the theory and history of regionalist architecture in the context of globalization, this text addresses issues of identity, community, and sustainability along with a selection of the most outstanding examples of design from all over the world.
Alex Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre give a readable, vivid, scholarly account of this major conflict as it relates to the design of the human-made environment. Demystifying the reasons behind how globalization enabled creativity and brought about unprecedented wealth but also produced new wastefulness and ecological destruction, the book also looks at how regionalism has also tended to confine, tearing apart societies and promoting destructive consumerist tourism.
"The book is structured through a discussion of different instances of architectural or cultural regionalism, which follow one another in chronological order. This is intended to allow regionalism to emerge as an aspect of identity that may serve as counterbalance to global systems." — Elisa Brusegan, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
"The significance of Lefaivre’s and Tzonis’s new book lies in its ambition to prove the universal applicability of the alleged dichotomy. It is nothing less than a coherent theory and deserves recommendation as a worthwhile introduction to the universal history and theory of regionalist architecture. It will certainly draw attention to the global phenomenon of localism and the balance between distinctiveness and standardisation." — Michael Asselmeyer, Architectural Research Quarterly
Preface: The Never Ending Challenge of Regionalism. Introduction: The End of Geography? 1. The Regional and the Classical Imperial 2. The First Regionalist Building-Manifesto 3. A Flat Archipelago of Garden-Villas 4. ‘Consult the Genius of the Place in All’ 5. From the Decorated Farm to the Rise of Patriotic Regionalism 6. From Regions to Nation 7. Gothic Communalism and Nationalist Regionalism 8. Homelands, World-Fairs, Living-spaces, and the Regional Cottage 9. International Style versus Regionalism 10. Regionalism Rising 11. Regionalism Redefined 12. Regionalism Now
Liane Lefaivre is the Chair of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and a research associate at the Technical University of Delft.
Alexander Tzonis is Professor at Tsinghua University and Professor Emeritus at the Technical University of Delft.
Lefaivre and Tzonis have co-authored several books, including The Emergence of Modern Architecture: A Documentary History, from 1000 to 1800.