REGIONALISM AND IDENTITY: TOWARDS THE DESIGN OF COUNTY ASSEMBLIES IN KENYA

Broadly defined, critical regionalism is an attempt to synthesize the rooted aspects of a region, including physical
and cultural characteristics, with appropriate current technology. It is the search for an architecture that is
meaningful within its context and at the same time participates in the more universal aspects of a contemporary
mobile society. It is an approach to architecture that strives to counter placelessness and lack of identity in
Modern Architecture by using the building's geographical context.
Five essential attitudes, in a recent article titled "Towards an Architecture of Place," and published in Arcade, by
Douglas Kelbaugh gives us a set of criteria through which we can distinguish a critical regionalist way of looking
at things.
"Love of Place, Love of Nature, Love of History, Love of Craft, and Love of Limits."
“If you want to create something new, search for what is ancient.” Aulis Blomstedt,1957.
“Every society possesses what is called an ‘image’ of the world. This image has its roots in the unconscious structure
of society and requires a specific conception of time to foster it.” Octavio Paz, 1972.
The 2010 Constitution of Kenya, currently in force, replaced the 1969 constitution, that `itself had replaced the
1963 independence constitution. The constitution was presented to the Attorney General of Kenya on April 7,
2010, officially published on May 6, 2010, and was subjected to a referendum on August 4, 2010. The new
Constitution was approved by 67% of Kenyan voters. The constitution was promulgated on 27 August 2010.

 

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