HT: Local Modernisms

This seminar investigates a new generation of architects whopractice within a critique of globalization; a disdain for the impacts of "flat world" labor, material supply and environmental impacts; and an exploration of both form and architectural production that is profoundly local in material, construction craft and technique, capacity building and sustainability (environmental, social, economic and cultural). In the hands of the most talented of these architects, these attitudes lead to fresh, elegant and leading edge architecture. These practices provide an insight into a shift of the international conversation around architecture away from Europe and North America. Included in the course are Wang Shu (China), Bijoy Jain (India), Nina Maritz (Nambia) and many others.