Bhabha for Architects

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Overview

The work of Homi K. Bhabha has permeated into numerous publications which use postcolonial discourse as a means to analyze architectural practices in previously colonized contexts, particularly in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, South-East Asia and, Latin America. Bhabha's use of the concept of ‘space’ has made his work highly appealing to architects and architectural theorists.

This introductory book, specifically for architects, focuses on Bhabha’s seminal book The Location of Culture and reveals how his work contributes to architectural theory and the study of contemporary architectures in general, not only in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415477468
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Thinkers for Architects Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,441,440
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Felipe Hernández is an architect and Professor of Architectural Design, History and Theory in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. He is author of Beyond Modernist Masters: Contemporary Architecture in Latin America (Birkhäuser 2009).

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1

Bhabha's theoretical context 9

Postcolonial theory 14

Bhabha and architecture 18

The plan of this book 21

2 Translation 24

Walter Benjamin and the 'task of die translator' 26

Translation in Bhabha's work 30

3 Ambivalence 39

Postcolonial ambivalence 42

The ambivalence of architectural history 50

4 Hybridity 58

Bhabha's hybridity 60

Critiques of hybridity 73

Hybridity as form in architecture 77

Representing non-western architectures 82

5 The Third Space 89

Theorising the Third Space 90

Spatialising the Third Space 93

Third Space and architecture 96

6 The Pedagogical and the Performative 99

Cultural difference and the agency of minorities 100

The nation and some ideas on nationalism 104

Bhabha's critique of the nation 108

Questioning duality in the history of colonial cities 117

The performative temporality of contemporary cities 120

Architecture and the performative 123

7 Conclusion 130

Works Cited 133

Further Reading 135

Index 137

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