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        • Architecture in the History/ Theory Nexus
          Building Critical Regionalism in Frampton’s Greece

        Abstract
        This article addresses the unresolved tension between theory and history that lies at the core of Critical Regionalism. To do so, it examines the ‘acquisition’ of Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre’s discourse by Kenneth Frampton in the early 1980s. Tzonis and Lefaivre first theorised Critical Regionalism through the work of Greek architects (Aris Konstantinidis, Dimitris Pikionis, and Suzana and Dimitris Antonakakis) and their use of the historically embedded design principles of the ‘grid’ and the ‘pathway’. With his theoretical ambition to advance a broader critical design practice across cultures, Frampton attempted to generalise Tzonis and Lefaivre’s original account beyond the specific historical context that gave rise to it. But despite the positive contribution of his outward-looking point of view, Frampton’s account effectively circumscribed the two theorists’ original intentions. Instead of advancing a
        focused return to the region, Frampton’s Critical Regionalism reflected the broader concerns of the Western architecture discourses of the 1980s.
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        Citation
        Giamarelos, S. (2019). Architecture in the History/ Theory Nexus. Building Critical Regionalism in Frampton’s Greece. Critical Regionalism . Revisited, OASE, (103), 79–85. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/103/ArchitectureintheHistory

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