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The New Local Gottret Merkel, José Jorge


The new local is an examination of the role of architecture in a globalized world. In the ever-increasing complexity of societies, the architect must once again assume its social responsibility to regain its relevance. To do so requires a reexamination of the processes that shape the practice of architecture. Looking at the response to globalization and shifting towards what possibilities it brings, the architect re-establishes its cultural significance. Digging deeper into tradition and the innovation that comes from the spontaneous order of craft, the architect develops its knowledge of the how further and becomes a catalyst for change. Finally, jumping into the politics of participation with generosity and curiosity, the architect is transformed into an activist on behalf of the user.

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