Casablanca Chandigarh: Bilans d'une modernisation

Casablanca Chandigarh: Bilans d'une modernisation


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The study of modern urbanism has traditionally ascribed universal value to avant-garde ideas originating in Europe and North America, and seen developments in non-Western regions as derivations from those original models. Chandigarh Casablanca aims to decenter this dominant view and to contribute to a new geography of the modern city that is attentive to its entangled multiplicities and to the productive interactions that took place across cultures and borders. The book promotes a wider and more nuanced knowledge on the history of the modern city, and supports the notion of the capacity of modernity to modernize its own foundations. In these two cases, the pivotal encounter with non-Western contexts influenced the very centre of modernist architectural culture—more specifically the practice and thinking of Le Corbusier and Jeanneret, and the discourse and projects of Team 10, the group of architects that had emerged from the Congrès International de l’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in 1953—and produced an innovation in its precepts, forces, and features.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783906027395
Publisher: Park Books
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tom Avermaete is professor of architecture at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands.

Maristella Casciato is associate director of research at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

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