What is shaping changes in design forms? While designers themselves are contributing to the transition, Paul Peng believes “the invisible…more decisive hand of globalisation” is at least as important an influence.
As General Manager of IAPA (International Architecture Platform Australia), Peng has worked within Australian and Chinese architectural practices, but says that during the last two decades neither party has escaped from globalisation, which “has been constantly transforming our perspectives, reshaping the condition of modernity (or post-modernity), blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary, as well as western and eastern culture.”
Yet two forces are at work, he explains: “Globalisation brings in ideas and knowledge exchange at an unprecedented scale and speed…while we find it fascinating to set sail on a journey of rediscovering our own cultural identity, not intending to indulge ourselves with nostalgic fantasy of the past but to bestow new life to traditional value by design works. With rich symbolism and modern building techniques applied in our works, we attempted to bring back the beauty and order of traditional Chinese aesthetics, as to restore diversity in contemporary architecture society.”
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