It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 22/10/08
Is Global Architecture just branding? Are all museum clients always seeking ‘world class’ architecture? Can a universal humanism get us back through ethics to buildings which are internationally valid and embody local values? What will the world look like in 50 years – can we share more, seek commonality? When architects work in a culture different to their own they should seek to learn, and to respect what is other.
These thoughts from the panel were joined by smart audience questions. Aren’t all architects global now, because as students they all look at the same contemporary work? Disbelief that all cities look the same – I know when I am in Liverpool, when in Barcelona; McLuhan used the idea of a global village and Frampton countered the internationalism of Post-Modernism with his debatable theories of Critical Regionalism.
As chair I pondered if we weren’t all being too certain that identity and identities really existed let alone culture.
The room was packed, the audience stayed awake, proof that Robert Adam, Martin Gordon, Suha Ozkan, Michel Rojkind and Massimiliano Fuksas (pictured at the lectern) stimulated and provoked.
Does Global Architecture exist? We reached no conclusion.