Saturday, June 2, 2012

Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World (Ashraf M. Salama) In In The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, Edited by Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John Hendrix

A New Book Chapter: Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World (by Ashraf M. Salama). In The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, Edited by Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John Hendrix

The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
Exploring the ambiguities of how we define the word ‘culture’ in our global society, this book identifies its imprint on architectural ideas. It examines the historical role of the cultural in architectural production and expression, looking at meaning and communication, tracing the formations of cultural identities. Chapters written by international academics in history, theory and philosophy of architecture, examine how different modes of representation throughout history have drawn profound meanings from cultural practices and beliefs. These are as diverse as the designs they inspire and include religious, mythic, poetic, political, and philosophical references.

The Chapter-Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World- offers a positional interpretation and  interrogates the irony of identity, tradition and modernity by critically outlining a number of visual voices that represent selected interventions developed within the Arab World. Through a reading of trends that emerged over the past few decades  an effort is made to place such a reading in focus by outlining contextual geo-cultural politics and their inferences on the shaping of architectural identity. An approach for a deeper insight into contemporary Arab architecture within which inevitable trends co-exist is framed based on positivistic and anti-positivistic positions and their underlying ontological and epistemological perspectives. 

For More information about the book content, 

Prologue: Cultivating Architecture Nicholas Temple 
Part 1: Architecture as Agent of Recovery, a Testimony to Values 
Introduction Jane Lomholt 1. Greek Theatre as an Embodiment of Cultural Meaning Dagmar Weston 2. The Restoration of Memory: Roman Attitudes to Architectural Heritage Chris Siwicki 3. Il Corridoio Vasariano: A Resplendent Passage to Medici and Vasari’s Grandeur Liana Cheney 4. Language Beyond Metaphor: The Structural Symbolism of Borromini’s Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza Noé Badillo 5. Villa Albani, Repository of Multiple Narratives Jane Lomholt 6. The Space of Fiction: On the Cultural Relevance of Architecture Louise Pelletier 7. Using Old Stuff and Thinking in a New Way: Material Culture, Conservation and Fashion in Architecture Cristina González-Longo 

Part 2: Architecture as Substance and Sustenance: Cultural Desires and Needs 
Introduction Paul Emmons 8. De Beata Architectura, Places for Thinking Marco Frascari 9. Sverre Fehn: Materials and Culture Chris Hay 10. A Persuasive Topology: Alvar Aalto and the Ambience of History Harry Charrington 11. Freiraum: Ideas of Freedom and Nature in the Work of Mies van der Rohe Jan Frohburg 12. Architectural Poetics in Alvaro Siza’s Church of Santa Maria Alexandra Stara 13. "The Play of Plans: Le Corbusier’s Serious Game of Dominos Paul Emmons 14. Something out of the "Ordinary" Gerald Adler 

Part 3: A Time of Aspirations: Cultural Understanding of the Roles of Architecture 
15. The Relevance of Beauty in Architecture Alberto Pérez-Gómez 16. Architectural Creation Between ‘Culture’ and ‘Civilization’ Nikolaos-Ion Terzoglou 17. Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World Ashraf Salama 18. The Fiction of the Digital in the Mediated City Jason Crow 19. The Memory of Ruins and the Ruins of Memory Mark Cannata 20. The Conceptual Bearings of the Intercultural Role of Architecture Nader El-Bizri 21. Architecture as the Psyche of a Culture John Hendrix Epilogue: The Necessity of Architecture John Hendrix  
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