This book explores how the concept of ‘region’ has evolved over time and shaped architectural culture and practice. It questions what the words ‘region’ and ‘regional’ mean for architecture, cities and landscapes past and present, and speculates on the forms they might take in the future. Region is explored in many thematic guises: as a real geographical site of evolving socio-economic activity; as a mythical locus of enduring value; as a gatekeeper of indigenous crafts and vernacular techniques; as a site of architectural and artistic imagination; as a repository of contested, conflicted and mobile identities. The contributing chapters take these themes from the theoretical and literary page through to architectural and urban practice, and from the scale of the domestic hearth through to the ocean archipelago and international law, enriching the long-standing trope of viewing architectural regionalism purely as a matter of style. Curated into four key thematic areas – Theorised Regions, Contested Regions, Heritage Regions and Future Regions – the book incorporates the values, concerns and approaches of a truly diverse international community of scholars, curators and practitioners, as well as the design work of international students tasked to explore what region means to them.

part I|64 pages

Theorised regions

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

A ‘true organ of humanity’

On the anti-feminist architectural regionalism of Comtean Positivism in Victorian Britain

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

The question concerning types

A review

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

Four decades on three fronts

The unfinished projects of critical regionalism

part II|79 pages

Contested regions

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

On ‘Region’

Alterity and Regional Encounters in a Postcolonial Archipelago

chapter Chapter 6|16 pages

The Azorean archipelago

The invention of a political region

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

Dismantling the territorial exclusions

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Holding the street

An assemblage of Nicosia's borders

part III|65 pages

Heritage regions

chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

How wealth kills craft

chapter Chapter 11|19 pages

Material culture and decolonisation

Post-Partition Lahore, Pakistan

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Southwestern fantasy

Pueblo revival and regional authenticity in New Mexico

chapter Chapter 13|13 pages

The Mediterranean: Between vernacular and contemporary

Tradition, modernity and tourism in the architecture of Germán Rodríguez Arias

part IV|76 pages

Future regions

chapter Chapter 14|19 pages

The case of Capri

Landscape, regional culture, and modern architecture

chapter Chapter 15|15 pages

Oscillating between cosmos and roots

The case of Geoffrey Bawa and his architecture

chapter Chapter 16|16 pages

255Designing for adaptability and sustainability in regional architecture

Lessons from residences in Northeast Brazil

chapter Chapter 17|24 pages

Infrastructural peripheries in the city-region

Airport Spatial Influences

part V|29 pages

Reimagining the artefact

chapter Chapter 18|2 pages

The infinity porch

chapter Chapter 19|3 pages


Spatial transcriptions of votive offerings dedicated to the Nymphs

chapter Chapter 20|3 pages

A wild plant of life

chapter Chapter 21|2 pages


chapter Chapter 22|2 pages


chapter Chapter 23|3 pages

Wound-up. Waxed. Rotted

chapter Chapter 24|4 pages

Yuanlin region

chapter Chapter 25|3 pages


The lost city of Muslin

chapter Chapter 26|2 pages

New Babylon