PEAR #8

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Contributions focus on the exploration of issues that affect architectural production and discourse that are manifest in specific geographical locations but are also caused by, or exist as, responses to interconnected global conditions.

Central to this issue of P.E.A.R. are questions about how architecture can seek to engage, negate and even enhance circumstances – whether economic, social, aesthetic or political – that exist in specific urban and rural locations, but are driven by dynamic and complex forces experienced at national and international scales. These forces include the ongoing development of globalization driven by capital, the increasingly dramatic effects of climate change, and the enduring preoccupations of modernity that focus intellectual and natural resources on technological and scientific development. The issue explores how architecture, manifest as spatial, temporal, material and programmatic conditions, can operate critically within complex social, ecological, political and cultural systems.