TOWARDS REGIONALISM IN
by Douglas C. Simpson
and while working at architecture in the Mid-west and East of Canada I
struck by the way so many people there seemed to consider modern
as being both experimental and bizarre. To them it was a separate
entity, something which occupied a highly dubious place in their
of living. Architecture, however, has always been contemporary
the architect has always used new ways of building to express new ways
of living. That is why architecture is always new, or "modern" as
some call it.
Architecture is related as
to people as it is to geography or to the spirit of the times. It
is an expression of the period in which it is built and to the
which surrounds it. Consequently, it should not be carried over
one era into another, any more than it should be blindly transplanted
one continent or even from one region to another.
Ever since man started to
what he constructed was not only his physical shelter, but also his
shelter. His buildings conveyed to him a feeling of security,
and continuity within an ever changing world. Consequently, the
of a certain period are embodied in its architecture, and, as one
superseded another, so one type of architecture gradually emerged into
a new "modern"one.
Marwell Building, upper level
ws able to disengage himself from the problems of contemporary society
because for the most part his clients were powerful patrons, royalty or
the church. But today the architect has to look straight at life
and at his fellow men. His work aquires a more human
there is now a private collaboration between himself and the whole of
This collaboration, however, has become more impersonal and certainly
secular; as a result, the emphasis is less on the artistic and more on
realism and reason.
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