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Technology, Time and Form
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As architects in our life we should acknowledge our problems and use them to create art. This study acknowledges a cultural and architectural crisis that exists today in most of the developing world as well as in Jordan. It is focused on three pertinent aspects, technology, time, and form, which havebecome diverse and contradictory in ways unprecedented in history. Technology by definition is a set of methods a society employs to satisfy its building requirements. In the past a state of harmony existed between incoming values and technology, because of the slow interaction which allowed the receiving culture sufficient time for adaptation. In such cultures with rich architectural tradition and heritage, the main reason for the gap between existing and incoming cultures is that they did not prepare to absorb western exported aesthetic values and technology. The main cause of this is during this century modern technology has become too advanced to be compatible with the capability of local building technology, and the local tradition no longer has the economic appeal it had before. The need for rapid and large scale advancement in the developing countries was made possible by modern technology, not just for its economic appeal but also for the prestige it carries with it. Nowadays, Jordan among other nations contains a cultural heritage, and an architectural legacy of great value that is suffering from imported architectural fashions. However, the problem is that it fails to distinguish aesthetic values of western architecture when implementing them into its culture. It was my intention throughout my studies to create a bridge between western architectural technology and traditional architectural forms and technology in Jordan.
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