Signs of Identity

architects Tadej Glažar, Vanja Gregorc, Arne Vehovar, Aleš Vrhovec
project Office Building With Warehouse, Grosuplje, Slovenia
written by Marjan Zupanc




This is the time of the second modernism, globalisation and all-pervasive change, from social change to spatial change. This time bears new approaches to town planning. New technologies and the media create the false impression that civilisation is increasingly chaotic and that spatial transformations have affected the existing relationships. The established terminology fails to meet the requirements of new programming. The altered landscape, both urban and suburban, is the result of sweeping changes and the requirements of this time, and it acts like a new mental field. On a somewhat smaller scale, architecture reflects this contemporary planning concept. Buildings are treated differently; their role is to act as a tissue that separates and joins the space they occupy.