ArgumentNo. 5/2013

CULTURAL EXCHANGE-]TRANS[CULTURATION-]TRANS[ARCHITECTURE

Abstract

The unprecedented development of the media, the flow of the information facilitates the intercultural exchanges, maintaining that necessary balance to the culture between national and universal. The relationship between universal and national, specific, will know new ways of manifestation, being constantly generated in the process of globalization by the mutual dependence between the involved cultures. A holistic vision above the cultures values the diversity to the universal dimension. The fears related to the effects of globalization such uniformity, the loss of identities, can be removed through a global democratic vision, through understanding that the unity is best expressed through diversity. In this gear of an integrating vision, the architecture constitutes an important tool, modelator of the relation between the universal and specific, with a great potential, constantly innovative, exponent of a future inclusive world. The local architectures for the local communities are lego pieces in a giant puzzle that outlines the great universal architecture. From the intertwining of the communication flows, from the interpenetration of the cultures result new varieties, often very interesting, is about actually of a reconceptualization of the cultural appropriation. The article deals in relation with architecture for types of cultural appropriation: cultural exchange, cultural domination, cultural exploitation and transculturation, proposing the concept of ]trans[architecture, a natural consequence of the contemporary globalized society, integrative answer to the megacommunity requirements.

Keywords: cultural appropriation, cultural exchange, cultural domination, cultural exploitation, transculturation, ]trans[architecture

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