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Invasive Aesthetics: A Manifesto for Reviving Architectural Identity in Developing Nations

00:00 - 13 June, 2013
Invasive Aesthetics: A Manifesto for Reviving Architectural Identity in Developing Nations, Dubai. © Daniel Cheong
Dubai. © Daniel Cheong

We have entered an era of ‘modernization’, led by the Western world.  In our times of unprecedented demographic expansion, infrastructural development is racing to meet demand with supply. As architects and designers, we have been pressured to embrace consumerism. Globalization has been adopted as a solution to the problem.  Developing countries have equated economic prosperity and success to the adoption of ‘contemporary architecture’ in a bid to demonstrate leadership and innovation. And voila, we have a palette of sleek buildings to meet the population’s needs, as well as to “modernize” our landscape. Surely, mimicking the formula of technologically advanced countries will project us into the public eye.

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