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Paolo Tombesi

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 22: Prometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom

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Prometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom
Prometheus unchained: The multiple itineraries of contemporary professional freedom
PaoloTombesi
Architecture of Globalization vs. Globalization of Architecture

The contemporary debate in architecture is replete with associative references to globalization, a condition specifically interpreted as the underlying narrative behind the merging of otherwise culturally and economically distinct regions, and the descriptor of transnational flows of people, products and ideas. Over the last quarter of a century, its appraisal has divided architectural theorists and critics. Some have denounced the commercial imperatives driving its stride and the cultural homogenization following its wake; others have asserted its inevitability while celebrating alleged emancipatory functions over traditional categories of architectural behaviour and urban thinking.1 Against this dialectical background, architectural globalization has assumed distinct although perhaps ...

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