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Architecture in the History/Theory Nexus: Building Critical Regionalism in Frampton’s Greece

Giamarelos, S; (2019) Architecture in the History/Theory Nexus: Building Critical Regionalism in Frampton’s Greece. Journal for Architecture (OASE) , 103 pp. 79-85. Green open access

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Abstract

This article addresses the unresolved tension between theory and history that lies at the core of critical regionalism. To do so, it unpicks the recuperation of Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre’s discourse by Kenneth Frampton in the early 1980s. Tzonis and Lefaivre first theorised critical regionalism through the work of Greek architects (Aris Konstantinidis, Dimitris Pikionis, and Suzana & Dimitris Antonakakis) and their use of the historically embedded design principles of the ‘grid’ and the ‘pathway’. With his theoretical ambition to advance a broader critical design practice across cultures, Frampton attempted to generalise Tzonis and Lefaivre’s original account beyond the specific historical context that gave rise to it. But despite the positive contribution of his outward-looking vantage, Frampton’s account effectively circumscribed the two theorists’ original intentions. Instead of advancing a focused return to the region, Frampton’s critical regionalism reflected the broader concerns of Western architectural discourses of the 1980s.

Type: Article
Title: Architecture in the History/Theory Nexus: Building Critical Regionalism in Frampton’s Greece
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/103/Architect...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Atelier 66, Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre, Aris Konstantinidis, Dimitris Pikionis, phenomenology, postmodern architecture
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074422
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