Homogenisation of Representations

Homogenisation of Representations

by Modjtaba Sadria (Editor)


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As the tide of globalization grows in sway and influence, are the built environments of the world's cities at risk of homogenization? Here, leading scholars evaluate the challenges of architecture and urban planning in Muslim societies, investigating the signs of the homogenizing processes within urban spaces. The book argues that homogenization risks limiting - even denying - transformations in Muslim societies beyond narrow dichotomies of modernism versus tradition. The possibility that representations of modernity in cities around the world will create an extensive uniformity in urban planning and the ways in which people live in different societies is arousing considerable criticism and debate. The book identifies the factors which have generated homogenization, and explores the interrelationship between social issues, the public sphere and the urban environment, and also considers where there have been movements towards differentiation, resistance and heterogenization. This is valuable reading for students and scholars with an interest in architecture, urban planning, the built environment, and questions of modernity in the Muslim world and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848856257
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/30/2012
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr Modjtaba Sadria is Professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University.

Table of Contents

Preface - Farrokh Derakhshani
• Introduction - Modjtaba Sadria
• Foundations
• Globalisation and Homogenisation: The State of Play - Anthony King
• The Anxiety Concerning Cultural Homogenization - Ian Angus
• The Homogenisation of Urban Space - Modjtaba Sadria
• Building Blocks
• Conscious and Unconscious Aspects of Homogenisation Processes in Architectural Representation - George Baird
• Neither Homogeneity Nor Heterogeneity: Modernism Struggles in The Muslim World - Nezar AlSayyad
• Generative Transplants: Modernist Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil - James Holston
• Why is Contemporary Islamic Architecture Risking Banality? - Nasser Rabbat
• Building Bridges
• A Research Agenda for the AndAnd - Mari Fujita
• Defiant Ambivalence: Globalization, Architecture, and Urbanism - Jyoti Hosagrahar
• Homogeneity of Representations: Salvation or Menace? - Abidin Kusno
• Fragmented representations: A critique of homogeneity in the built environment - Mohammad al-Asad
• Evaluating Lived Landscapes and Quotidian Architecture of Muslim Devon - Arijit Sen
• Commentary: Homogeneity and Heterogeneity? - Ed Soja
• Summary of Discussions

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