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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Introduction Becoming Modern
Fragmented Domestic Landscapes From Mansions to Margins
Negotiating Streets and Squares Spatial Culture in the Public Realm
Sanitizing Neighborhoods Geographies of Health
Beyond the Walls Commerce of Urban Expansion
Imagining Modernity Symbolic Terrains of Housing
Recovering an Urban Past

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