The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 22: Prometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom
Prometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom
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 ...