Modernism And Globalization

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Architecture in East Asia has been profoundly affected by globalization. Since 1980s, because of the deregulation of the London market, the company of architectural practice has followed the same pattern as other business organizations, created the “building boom” and attracted the American’s investors and architects. The well-established corporations in America started to open the branch in London; subsequently they expanded branch office rapidly in the other global regions. “The liberalization of trading led to expansion of international architectural practice” (Adam, 2012, P89). As the result of this, international firms became large scaled, gained sufficient funding and had advanced technology of construction. They rapidly dominated the …show more content…
Due to the social, political, economic and technological advances of globalization, pursuing Modernist ideals has been the priority. New and distinctive features in the technique, concepts, and styles have been applied widely in architecture, under these circumstances, the reaction of global architectural firms has come out rapidly. Architecture has developed the coordinative relationship with the modern world, by using the reinforced concrete and curtain wall to shape the new cities. Adam (2007) asserts that “the Modernist association with the principal building types leading to the phenomenon of "Clone City".” Nowadays, we can find that skyscraper and concrete building have dominated the skyline of city many countries. Although the building market turned into the standardization, new material and constructional technology have been widely used in East Asia. That might contribute to the economical approach of construction and help architectures come out with suitable solutions that will be sufficient and eco-friendly to the environment. In the Sayama Flat project (Cantz, 2013), architecture tried to reform the originally constructed system from the Japan traditional standard. By using the minimal materials only including concert and wood and new design approach, the project shows a new solution in order to match the contemporary ways of …show more content…
However, it had been attacked by Japanese architects including Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, and Sou Fujimoto, who claimed that project will be "too huge" in relation to the surroundings and too expensive. Therefore, Zaha Hadid Architects has confirmed to adapt its design and use more eco-efficient and visually lighter materials (Kin, 2014). This project demonstrates how local architect responds to the globalization, in fact, this situation termed “glocalization” has became the growing trend. Globalization today is not only the unilateral process but also builds up the closely relationship among the global village. Before implement the construction project, the architectural firms or designers have to cautiously evaluate the regional background from history, political, economic to urban context. In particular, a space or building emphasizes the relation to its environment. In recent years, there have some large international construction projects in Taiwan, such as Taipei Pop Music Center and Taiwan Tower were designed by the famous foreign architects. Although they are experienced designers, the projects have to consult with local architecture and adopt several times before the engineering process. This phenomenon obviously indicates the shift of the character between international and

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