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Constructing identity in contemporary architecture : case studies from the South / edited by Peter Herrle and Stephanus Schmitz.

Contributor(s): Herrle, Peter | Schmitz, Stephanus.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Berlin ; Münster : Lit, 2009Description: 292 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9783643102768 (pbk.).Subject(s): Architecture and society | Architecture, Modern | Globalization -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 720.103 HER
Contents:
Identity in architecture : a construction? / Stephanus Schmitz -- Regional study Brazil / Ruth Verde Zein, Cristián Fernández Cox -- The 'own' and the 'foreign' : architecture and the discourses on identity in 20th century Mexico / Susanne C. Dussel, José Morales-Saravia -- Identity in the Arab region : architects and projects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar / Khaled Asfour -- Architecture and contemporary Indian identity / Rahul Mehrotra, Prasad Shedd, Rupali Gupte -- Architecture, art, identity in Singapore : is there life after tabula rasa? / William S.W. Lim.
Summary: The global spread of uniform modes of production and cultural values has been accompanied by a dissemination of stereotypes of "modern" architecture styles almost everywhere around the globe. Paradoxically, the reverse process has also emerged: In some countries, the elites feel the necessity to counterbalance the "loss of identity" and defend their own cultures against the "intruding" forces of globalization. What started as a defensive notion has developed into a more progressive attempt to re-create what has allegedly been lost. This trend is being strongly expressed in discourses about architecture in countries of the South. Who are the actors feeling compelled to "construct" new identities? How are these new identities in architecture created in various parts of the world? And, which are the ingredients borrowed from various historical and ethnic traditions and other sources? These and other questions are discussed in five case studies from different parts of the world, written by renowned scholars from Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, India and Singapore.
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Identity in architecture : a construction? / Stephanus Schmitz -- Regional study Brazil / Ruth Verde Zein, Cristián Fernández Cox -- The 'own' and the 'foreign' : architecture and the discourses on identity in 20th century Mexico / Susanne C. Dussel, José Morales-Saravia -- Identity in the Arab region : architects and projects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar / Khaled Asfour -- Architecture and contemporary Indian identity / Rahul Mehrotra, Prasad Shedd, Rupali Gupte -- Architecture, art, identity in Singapore : is there life after tabula rasa? / William S.W. Lim.

The global spread of uniform modes of production and cultural values has been accompanied by a dissemination of stereotypes of "modern" architecture styles almost everywhere around the globe. Paradoxically, the reverse process has also emerged: In some countries, the elites feel the necessity to counterbalance the "loss of identity" and defend their own cultures against the "intruding" forces of globalization. What started as a defensive notion has developed into a more progressive attempt to re-create what has allegedly been lost. This trend is being strongly expressed in discourses about architecture in countries of the South. Who are the actors feeling compelled to "construct" new identities? How are these new identities in architecture created in various parts of the world? And, which are the ingredients borrowed from various historical and ethnic traditions and other sources? These and other questions are discussed in five case studies from different parts of the world, written by renowned scholars from Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, India and Singapore.

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