HIC et NUNC (Aquí y Ahora)
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de Arquitectura y ciudad.
The Chair of Prof. Dr. Josep Lluís Mateo at ETH Zurich just launched their second monograph book: Architectural Papers Monograph II. Middle East. Landscape – City – Architecture.
“This issue of Architectural Papers brings together material about the contemporary practice of architecture in the Middle East. The Middle East, a central place due to its history and geographical position, formalizes some of today’s tensions. Here, the DESTRUCTION-CONSTRUCTION dialectic appears without metaphors alongside the tensions between IDENTITY AND COSMOPOLITANISM that have always accompanied modernism and which, in times of globalization, must be regarded in a new light.
In our globalized world, any claim to exoticism becomes meaningless, so looking at and understanding the “Other” is simply a means of finding out more about ourselves. THE OTHER MERGES WITH US. Our role here, to a large extent, is to find interlocutors and scenarios that allow our arguments to expand and transform.
Our viewpoint is at once distant and close. DISTANT, because sometimes architecture disappears into the landscape, or behind words; but also CLOSE, where detail, material, texture, shadow, and light affect us. And where the singular experience, sometimes, comes to the fore.”
Josep Lluís Mateo, Excerpt from Middle East
Architectural Papers Monograph II. Middle East
Editor in charge: Krunoslav Ivanišin
Editorial Team: Krunoslav Ivanišin, Cecília Obiol
Published by Park Books, Zurich 2013
This book has been produced by the Chair of Prof. Dr. Josep Lluís Mateo, ETH Zurich, as an independent research project during the academic years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013