Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization: Peaks and Valleys in the Flat World by Liane Lefaivre and Alexander Tzonis (Routledge 2021, 2nd edition) is a definite introductory text on the theory and history of regionalist architecture in the world. The book addresses issues of identity, community, and sustainability along with a selection of the most outstanding examples of design from all over the world. This updated edition has been updated with, for instance, new case studies sonf current cutting-edge projects in Japan, Africa, China, and the United States.
We will try to explain why the future of mindless globalization, ‘the end of regions,’ together with a more recent development, the intolerant neoregionalism of fundamentalist separatists, are not so certain. Regionalism, renewing its critical self, engaging peaks and valleys of ecological, ways of life, and cultural diversity with what we have called a Critical Globalism, might be an alternative worth exploring and considering.
— Liane Lefaivre and Alexander Tzonis in Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization: Peaks and Valleys in the Flat World (Routledge 2021, 2nd edition), Introduction to the New Edition, p. 6
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This book remains the definitive introductory text on the theory and history of regionalist architecture in the context of globalization. It addresses issues of identity, diversity, community, inequality, geopolitics, and sustainability. From the authors who coined the concept of Critical Regionalism, this new edition enhances the understanding of the complex evolution of regionalism and its rival, unchecked globalization (…)
Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization offers undergraduate and graduate students of architecture, geography, history, environmental studies, and other related fields an accessible, vivid, and scholarly perspective of this major conflict as it relates to the design and to the future of the human-made environment.