Zaha Hadid: The Globalization Of Architecture In East Asia

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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…
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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