Cultural Identity Analysis

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Symbolism and Cultural Identity format "The Greek temples, the Roman basilica, and the medieval cathedrals are important to us as creations of an entire era, rather than the work of individual architects who ask what the names of these masons are, what is the importance of the intimate characters of their creators? (Miss van der Rohe) i. Preview While my intention is not to hold on to the ideology and philosophy associated with all aspects of architecture and nationalism, it is important to clarify that architecture is a cultural discourse saturated with ideology. This is the guide in all architecture works below the timeline. ii. Architecture The idea of architecture is at some point "something and intellectual activity." In judging the…show more content…
As an intermediate medium, architecture has a language or a discourse of its own; the elements used call for historical connotations and different ideological connotations. As anthropologist (Victor Busley) says: "The way in which a given society is understood is often to understand the physical structure, and through the shifting extension, of the social architecture of our organization." In itself, the architectural organization reflects itself in the methods and elements it uses, the convergence or the agenda. While local discourse against universality was favored by theorists, these theoretical explorations are still far from being sufficient to represent the central constituencies of these theoretical writings. This is especially the case when we discuss a regional identity such as Kenya. The delicate relationship between architecture and identity remains undiscovered. This search for identity is supposed to follow a consistent line, and care should be exercised, not to see through Western theories that follow-up. The strength of the architecture to represent the local require a thorough…show more content…
Often the continuity or meanings claimed are based on misconceptions about the historical past or myths. The term "inventive imitation" is defined as "a set of practices ... which seek to instill certain values and standards of conduct through repetition, which automatically means continuity with the past", and cites as an example the use of the architectural style of the new Gothic era in the reconstruction of the building British Parliament in the late nineteenth century. The British intellectual elite, considering that the English national character was the best embodiment of a medieval style, the period

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