Modernism and the Middle East: Architecture and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Modernism and the Middle East: Architecture and Politics in the Twentieth Century

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Modernism and the Middle East: Architecture and Politics in the Twentieth Century

This provocative collection of essays is the first book-length treatment of the development of modern architecture in the Middle East. Ranging from Jerusalem at the turn of the twentieth century to Libya under Italian colonial rule, postwar Turkey, and on to present-day Iraq, the essays cohere around the historical encounter between the politics of nation-building and architectural modernism's new materials, methods, and motives.

Architecture, as physical infrastructure and as symbolic expression, provides an exceptional window onto the powerful forces that shaped the modern Middle East and that continue to dominate it today. Experts in this volume demonstrate the political dimensions of both creating the built environment and, subsequently, inhabiting it. In revealing the tensions between achieving both international relevance and regional meaning, Modernism in the Middle East affords a dynamic view of the ongoing confrontations of deep traditions with rapid modernization. Political and cultural historians, as well as architects and urban planners, will find fresh material here on a range of diverse practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295987941
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Series: Studies in Modernity and National Identity
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sandy Isenstadt is assistant professor of modern architecture in the Department of the History of Art, Yale University. Kishwar Rizvi is assistant professor of Islamic art and architecture, also at Yale University. Other contributors are Nezar AlSayyad, Magnus Bernhardsson, Sibel Bozdogan, Waleed Khleif, Roy Kozlovsky, Brian McLaren, Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Panayiota Pyla, Susan Slyomovics, Annabel Wharton, and Gwendolyn Wright.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Modern Architecture and the Middle East: The Burden of Representation / Sandy Isenstadt and Kishwar Rizvi

Part I. Colonial Constructions1. Jerusalem Remade / Annabel Wharton2. Modern Architecture, Preservation, and the Discourse on Local Culture in Italian Colonial Libya / Brian L. McLaren

Part II. Building the Nation3. Visions of Iraq: Modernizing the Past in 1950s Baghdad / Magnus T. Bernhardsson4. Baghdad's Urban Restructuring, 1958: Aesthetics and the Politics of Nation Building / Panayiota I. Pyla5. Democracy, Development, and the Americanization of Turkish Architectural Culture in the 1950s / Sibel Bozdogan6. Temporal States of Architecture: Mass Immigration and Provisional Housing in Israel / Roy Kozlovsky7. Modernisms in Conflict: Architecture and Cultural Politics in Post-1967 Jerusalem / Alona Nitzan-Shiftan8. Palestinian Remembrance Days and Plans: Kafr Qasim, Fact and Echo / Waleed Khleif and Susan Slyomovics

Part III. Overviews and Openings9. Global Ambition and Local Knowledge / Gwendolyn Wright10. From Modernism to Globalization: The Middle East in Context / Nezar Alsayyad


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