Thursday, April 22, 2010

defining regionalism :: take one

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regionalism =(df) a syncretic approach to design, exhibiting a consciousness of both environmental forces and vernacular forms.

"Buildings as well as people tend to return to a state of nature more quickly in the South than in the North and West. Whatever may be said of the economic consequences of this fact, it is an advantage for architecture. Here in the South there is a sort of natural heritage of the picturesque akin to the older civilizations of Europe, something the artist would consider of value, and which in a measure should be retained."

- Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis 1936

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