what is the meaning of REGIONALISM in contemporary architecture of islamic society
Hamid, I would hope that regionalism in any architecture is focused upon and geared to the regional culture`s response to climate and environment.
Unfortunately, the lowest common factor today appears to be concrete.
Frank John Snelling
thank you frank ,
I think that regionalism in islamic architecture, consist on more than climate and environment. sense of place, tradition, symboles, behavioral pattern and belifs are anather aspects of regionalism.
Hamid,as you say, aspects of culture are important, but more important is the fact that there are differences (perhaps unique differences) which then create the (unique) identity of the culture in the region.
One could say that there are concentric and overlapping circles of difference from major differences which define the culture in a region, to minor differences which define the culture in the smaller population centres.
An example of difference is the way time is used. In Islam, the dawn Call-to-prayer starts the day whatever the time is by the clock. This practice (the practice of rising at dawn) was normal in the West for the majority of the population, until the introduction of a universal standard time for each country.
This meant for example that people in the east of the country would be rising at dawn, whereas, people rising at the exact same time in the west of the country would be rising before dawn (before the Sun arrived).
In large countries such as America and Russia, I known they have different time zones because these countries are so large.