Martor No. 22 / Year 2017

Tradition and Architectural Representation

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Author: Marta Jecu

About the author:

Marta Jecu
Researcher, Collége d’Etudes Mondiales, Paris
E-mail: zarzarii at yahoo dot com

Pages: 39-55.

Keywords: art, architecture, vernacular techniques, post-digital materialities, tradition.


Very often tradition has been reinvented in order to legitimize a certain ideology, discourse or political agenda and representation has played a crucial role in this process. Any representation is itself the product of a row of representations, and moreover a tradition – a process through which content is transported and created. For Cadava (2001: 39) the image is never closed, content and form are often based on an invented genealogy. In this article, I propose to focus on architecture and the way in which political content and ideology have been transmitted through the images architecture produces. These are intended to represent and apparently ‘re-produce’ certain traditions. My examples will focus on both the discipline of architecture (specifically recent practices of recreation of vernacular architecture and construction techniques) and artistic approaches to architecture.

How to cite this article: Jecu, Marta. 2017. “Tradition and Architectural Representation.” Martor 22: 39-55.