Nowadays, we are facing the challenge of using the symbiosis of the global with the local as a driving force for contemporary architectural innovation. Modernism glorified the global as a vehicle of values such as innovation, rationality, objectivity, progress, originality, development, and aspiration for the ‘same for all’. After the seventies the local became the ultimate medium for values like tradition, subjectivity, culture, identity, difference, particularity, evolution, continuity and respect for ‘the right to be different’. In both cases these two poles, the local and the global, were a powerful source of inspiration, creativity and innovation.
In the recent past, we can perceive a shift from an either-or logic to a both-and one. At present, it is accepted that both local and global can creatively contribute to the quest for novelty. We increasingly understand that there is always something from the past embedded in the new, and that something from the local is always rooted in the global. This symbiotic and sympathetic relationship is an important demand of contemporary contemplation giving meaning, that is to say value, to every contemporary innovative creation.
In order to investigate this symbiosis of the global with the local and to teach it creatively to our future architects, we need to define what the local is. We are kindly asking you as practicing architect to help us in this investigation by answering the questions of this questionnaire.
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