Editor, FR-EE "You Are The Context"
and its significance to architecture has been a central topic of discussion for
centuries, with various points of view presented by designers, planners, city
officials, and local communities.
Contextualism, which grew in importance in architecture in the late twentieth century, put forth the belief that all knowledge is influenced by context—external factors that bear impact through site, culture, time, society. As such, sites could be seen as a series of information layers. Sensitive design responses were encouraged, fearing the imposing character of newly built works.
As global reach increases through digital communication, we must reconsider the definition of context as it pertains to architecture. No longer quantifiable merely in terms of geography, culture and history, our contemporary context includes communication, collaboration, virtual networking. How do new architecture, its designers, clients and collaborators create and become context for and in themselves?
Through an examination of architectural works, research initiatives and collaborations by FR-EE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE), You Are The Context explores the reciprocal relationship between contemporary architecture and context.