Anthony Artol Visible Enterprises, Ltd.

December 27,
Idaho Springs
December, 2004

The fundamental strategy of Critical Regionalism is to mediate the impact of universal civilization with elements derived indirectly from the peculiarities of a particular place. It is clear from the above that Critical Regionalism depends upon maintaining a high level of critical self-conciousness.
(~) In the first place, it has to "deconstruct" the overall spectrum of the world culture which it inevitably inherits; in the second place, it has to achieve, through synthetic contradiction, a manifest critique of universal civilization. To deconstruct world culture is to remove oneself from that eclecticism of the Fin de Siècle which appropriated alien, exotic exotic forms in order to revitalize the expressivity of an enervated society.

Kenneth Frampton, Toward a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance.
In: he Anti-Aesthetic. Essays on Postmodern Culture, 1986