CONTEMPLATING ARCHITECTURE, HYBRIDITY, IDENTITY, AND PLACE IN AN AGE OF COMPLEXITY + CHANGE
The transformation of contemporary life has been dramatic over the last several decades as the technological advances underlying globalization continue to bring massive economic and social change. No part of the globe has been left untouched as the scale and pace of this integration becomes increasingly incomprehensible, whether one lives in a technologically sophisticated “first world” country like the United States or a “third world” country in Africa. The “problems” addressed in this work are numerous, far reaching, and range from a widening economic/social disparity between rich and poor to the loss of identity as connections to once culturally meaningful landscapes are severed. Architecture is often complicit in these problems as our connection to unique places is slowly severed and our sense of loss over its vanished traditions most acute. Understanding the paradoxical nature of globalization and architecture’s relationship to it provides the theoretical/pedagogical foundation for the work on this site. My research and teaching focus on the process of design and the cultivation of an “openness” towards the potential of unexpected outcomes as globalization leads us into unfamiliar territory. In short, my work seeks to explore the bridge between our increasing cultural interdependence and the rationalistic manipulation of our environments through the lens of the architectural endeavor in the process of globalization.