Friday, April 07, 2006

Why a "Cleveland School" could arise . . .

As the forthcoming issue of Perspecta, the Yale Architectural Journal, suggests, no dominant architectural ideology exists. There are cacophonies of voices yet no direction. Pluralism reigns.
This is the opportunity for a critical "regional" discourse to be heard and used to inform an architecture. See the synopsis of Perspecta 38 below.

Perspecta 38: Architecture After All

The profession of architecture is increasingly characterized by divergent architectural ideas and divergent political, social, technological, and economic agendas. Much of current practice focuses on the process of architecture (its how) rather than its meaning, effect, or reason for being (its why). This issue of Perspecta--the oldest and most distinguished student-edited architectural journal--explores the practice of architecture after the breakdown of consensus. Designers, theoreticians, and scholars investigate an architectural landscape devoid of a dominant ideology or ethos. Their essays take specific points of departure--globalization, urbanism, pedagogy, irony, as well as form, theory, and ideology--to address broader questions about the social, economic, and political fallout from these modes of practice, considering whether the lack of an overriding ethos in architecture is liberating or limiting for the profession. And, after all, is it conceivable, or desirable, to return to an architecture derived from a single, dominant mode of operation?

What do we have to offer?

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