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Architecture, Local or Global – Shifting Goals in a Shrinking World–Judy Bing and Brooke Harrington

February 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

The impacts of globalism and nationalism are not new to cultural debates. Starting in the 19th century, as nations established modern identities and professions emerged to serve modern societies, architects began to create built environments that negotiated inherited classical ideals with newly-valued local traditions and growing urban settings. Through the 20th century to the present, large architectural firms have maintained international practices, drawing ideas from and working within the far reaches of the globe. Modern technologies and speedy communications have simply intensified the process. Yet at the same time, widespread appreciation for historic contexts and sense of place counteract notions of an “international style.”

Looking at the building types–dwellings, libraries, museums, schools, government buildings– that have served national (whether official or purely economic) purposes, this presentation will examine the historic and contemporary tensions in architecture between serving local or national identities and global ambitions.

This presentation is hosted by the Bangor Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 31st Annual Camden Conference –New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018.

Photo Credit:  Unilever Nederland, Rotterdam, JHK Architecten, 2007. Photograph by Jeff Titelius,


February 10, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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Camden Conference
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Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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