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Congrès International d’Architecture Traditionnelle ...... Международный конгресс традиционной архитектуры

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Peter Kellow

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Peter Kellow - architect and writer (France)

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Until the advent of Modernist architecture in the early twentieth century there was no traditional architecture because all architecture was traditional.

 

Every building was designed by an architect who worked out of the long tradition of architecture that extends back to the dawn of civilisation.

 

There were major changes as styles evolved and even new original styles appeared. But all of these drew powerfully on what went before.

 

Only with the advent of Modernism did architects consciously deny civilisation as a resource and seek to take history back to ground zero.

 


 

But prior to this, it was not simply that architects adapted or copied what had gone before. Ancient buildings were designed according an architectural vocabulary that is innate in humans.

 

This vocabulary springs from the way humans exist and act in the world, both the natural world and the humanmade world. The way this vocabulary manifests itself in different cultures and periods may differ, but at a deep level it remains constant

 

Modernists challenge this innate vocabulary. They sought to create a new Utopia free of the baggage of human history.

 

Their method was to shut their eyes to what humans consider beautiful and instead use abstract concepts as a basis for design.

 

This has two effects.

 

One is to dehumanise the environment so removing the grounding of individuals in their civilisation.

 

The other is to dominate the culture by ignoring common humans sensibilities creating an isolated elite.

 

This isolated elite set about convincing clients and procurors of the superiority of their approach linking it to bogus theories of historical inevitability

 

This drives the Modernist programme.

 


 

The negative effect on the environment is there for all to see, that is, for all those who have not had their human sense of beauty crushed in favour of abstract concepts.

 

Traditional architecture is not reactionary.

 

On the contrary, it is Modernism that is always looking backwards constantly recycling a few half-baked formalist contrivances that are considered emblematic of the style.

 

Modernist has nowhere to go because it does not address the complex issues of modernity but makes modernity into a cult.

 

Like all cults it relies on a few simplistic imperatives whose force is quickly spent.

 

The real problems of modernity, world resources, human happiness, creativity, environmental comforr have no place in its programme.

 

Traditionalists on the other hand take the problems of modernity head on and address its central issues in a flexible and open way.

 

Traditional architecture must be an essential part of any plan for the reconstructing and remaking of a civilisation in retreat.

 

 

 

 

A main activity of CIAT is to hold congresses which
will be annual.

The purposes of the congresses are to -

  • Create publicity in the world at large for CIAT, its principles and new traditional architecture being built now and having been built over the last 10 or 20 years
  • Publicise the work of CIAT professional Members to the world at large. ... read more

 

As well as the holding of Congresses the second principle activity shall be the production of a magazine on traditional architecture featuring work of its professional Members.
The magazine shall be produced in a fine quality, full colour, hard copy only with no internet publication of it – except for certain excerpts ... read more

Here is a mockup. All contents and quality are indicative only.

 

 

CIAT shall use its resources to campaign for commissions, especially major public and commercial ones, to go to traditional architectural practices which are Founder Members and Practice Members of CIAT. ... read more

 

CIAT shall seek by all means possible to provide publicity for its architectural Practice Members.
As well as the congresses and the magazine these shall be promoted on the website with each Member having a listing with links to their website plus information and illustrations on the CIAT website.
The international reach of CIATwill enable Members to gain international recognition and foreign commissions.
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There are three main types of members - Practice Members, Individual Members and Sponsors

Practice Members will.
1. benefit from CIAT lobbying of procurors to employ traditional architectural CIAT Practice Members

2. enjoy the benefits of publicity for their practices in the CIAT Magazine, on the website and at Congresses


Individual Members shall receive the Journal, Newsletters and have preferential rates for Congresses.
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CIAT shall be a non-profit making organisation registered as a single organisation in a single country.
CIAT shall be administered by the Congress Board. The Board shall consist of Members elected for a predetermined term. The elections shall be held at Annual General Meetings which shall be held during the annual congresses.
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Until the advent of Modernist architecture in the early twentieth century there was no traditional architecture because all architecture was traditional. 

Every building was designed by an architect who worked out of the long tradition of architecture that extends back to the dawn of civilisation. ... read more

 

An annual system of awards for new traditional architecture in a number of categories shall be instigated
It shall be recognised that not only complete buildings but individual elements of buildings should be recognised provided that the building to which they belong is traditional and of some merit. This shall honour the work of artist, craftspersons, subcontractors and suppliers as essential and worthy contributors to the public and private environment.
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CIAT has already a prominent presense on Facebook, as a ready made resource. This is its page curently entitled Traditional Architecture World

It is administered by CIAT Founder, Peter Kellow who edits all the content. Traditional Architecture World has over 5000 subscribers from all over the world which increase by about 40 every week.

When the CIAT site goes public the Facebook page will change its name to Traditional Architecture International Congress and so give CIAT a ready made Facebook presense with a large following. ... read more

 

Free to non-members. Members automatically subscribed. This is not the magazine

 

 

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