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Tradition vs. Modernity: The Quest for a Cultural Identity
NADIA M. ALHASANI
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
Vol. 7, No. 2 (SPRING 1996), pp. 35-41
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41757196
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In the quest for a more sustainable environment, there appears to be a need to confront issues of tradition vs. modernity and culture vs. technology in a world where boundaries once dividing these issues are collapsing, and differences once separating them are disappearing. This study demonstrates, through examination of a series of built examples, the successful integration of tradition and modernity as they are reflected in Muslim cultures. In practice, the notion of culture and technology is addressed through the built context, ultimately establishing the identity of a society through its architecture. This paper argues for the preservation of a culture through understanding the level of symbolism established in its built environment: the higher the level of symbolism, the further detached an artifact becomes from its place of origin. This research focuses on possible scenarios involving the conscious application of past and present typologies of form and technology in search of a recognizable cultural identity.
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review © 1996 International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE)