When I am engaged in any kind of international event in architecture, I am always confronting the difficulty of "internationality." What is it? And what is the "internationality" of architecture in the world of globalization today?
The internationality is profoundly tied up with universality which multiculturalism pursues in the studies of sociology. Indeed, it appreciates the coexistence of cultures rooted in various peoples beyond nations; yet on the other hand, we have already noticed that the multiculturalism is the reverse side of a coin of nationalism. The nationalism, in this context, is to support internationality. It is also obvious that the same goes for regionalism. Here, in short, we might define the internationality in architecture as follows: "Internationality in architecture is what nationalism or regionalism sustains in architecture." And therefore, internationality in architecture has sometimes been utilized as a tool of political games for cultural hegemony. The games will never end in the future as long as human desires exist. Moreover, in essence, we will never eliminate our bias for cultures as we may understand that the multiculturalism is a representation of nationalism.
According to the advanced brain science today, anything blessed always satisfies human five senses and even spirituality for pleasure. The same is for architecture. Something impressive stimulates a human emotion, by which one can create a certain image full of delightfulness. A blessed architecture should be something like it, and stand beyond any fashion of each age, even if it were more or less infected.
Finally, I end up with the quote from Deleuze's Le Bergsonisme, in which he describes that emotion is like the God in human beings.
Only emotion differs in nature from both intelligence and instinct, from both intelligent individual egoism and quasi-instinctive social pressure. ... Emotion in fact precedes all representation, itself generating new ideas. It does not have, strictly speaking, an object, but merely an essence that spreads itself over various objects, animals, plants and the whole of nature. "Imagine a piece of music which expresses love. It is not love for a particular person ... The quality of love will depend upon its essence and not upon its object." Although personal, emotion is not individual; transcendent, it is like the God in us.
Text by Satoshi Okada