Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Architecture - 234 pages
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This book examines how a historic and so-called 'traditional' city quietly evolved into one that was modern in its own terms; in form, use and meaning. Through a focused study of Delhi, the author challenges prevalent assumptions in architecture and urbanism to identify an interpretation of modernism that goes beyond conventional understanding.

Part one reflects on transformations and discontinuities in built form and spatial culture and questions accepted notions of the static nature of what is normally referred to as traditional and non-Western architecture.

Part two is a critical discussion of Delhi in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, redefining modernism in a way that separates the city's architecture and society from the objectified realm of the exotic whilst acknowledging non-Western ideas of modernity.

In the final part the author considers 'indigenous modernities': the irregular, the uneven and the unexpected in what uncritical observers might call a coherent 'traditional' society and built environment.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Fragmented Domestic Landscapes
15
Negotiating Streets and Squares
47
Sanitizing Neighborhoods
83
Beyond the Walls
115
Imagining Modernity
143
Recovering an Urban Past
181
Notes
193
Index
229
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