Architecture Pedagogy, Cultural Identity, and Globalization

By Amir Ameri.

Published by The Arts Collection

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With Globalization, the cultural diversity and ideological differences that were once effectively and safely segregated in space and time, find themselves in close proximity, dialogue and potential conflict in both literal and virtual space. The consequent rapid pace of cultural change in all fronts, along with the new cross and/or inter-cultural nature of architectural practice in a global economy require a shift of emphasis in architectural pedagogy. This paper outlines a design studio pedagogy whose objectives are to develop a heightened understanding of the complex dialogue between culture and architecture, and foster the type of analytical, critical, and creative abilities that are essential to addressing cultural diversity and change. The essential aim of the proposed pedagogy is the education of a new generation of architects who, practicing within a global economy and faced with multiplicity and diversity of cultures, will not for lack of choice blindly facilitate the hegemony of their own (sub)culture, or what is not absolutely different reduce cultural and ideological differences to facile and stereotypical imagery in the name of regional identity. If we are to understand and respect cultural differences and cultural change in the face of globalization, it is essential to understand culture, not as form or region per se, but as a distinct set of rituals and experiences intimately linked to distinct settings that together perpetually transform a culture’s beliefs about the world into a factual experience of them, i.e., a world shaped and fabricated as it is by architecture as a cultural system.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Architecture, Globalization, Culture

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.45-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.898KB).

Amir Ameri

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, USA

Amir Ameri received his B.Arch from University of California, Berkeley, M.S.Arch and Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University. He has taught architectural history, theory, and design at various academic institutions including Temple University, Parsons School of Design, and Cornell University. He is currently Associate Professor of Architecture at University of Colorado. His research and teaching explore the dialogue between architecture and culture. His publications range from critical studies in the history of theoretical discourse on architecture, to examining the ideational challenges of the digital media, to the history of cultural institutions and secular building types that house various forms of representation. His articles have appeared in various academic journals, including Art History, The American Journal of Semiotics, Poetics Today, Issues in Architecture Art and Design, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Semiotica, and SubStance.

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