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Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Architecture, Urbanism, and Colonialism in Delhi (Architext) [Paperback]

Jyoti Hosagrahar
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27 May 2005 0415323762 978-0415323765

This book examines how a historic and so-called 'traditional' city quietly evolved into one that was modern in its own terms; in form, use and meaning. Through a focused study of Delhi, the author challenges prevalent assumptions in architecture and urbanism to identify an interpretation of modernism that goes beyond conventional understanding.

Part one reflects on transformations and discontinuities in built form and spatial culture and questions accepted notions of the static nature of what is normally referred to as traditional and non-Western architecture.

Part two is a critical discussion of Delhi in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, redefining modernism in a way that separates the city's architecture and society from the objectified realm of the exotic whilst acknowledging non-Western ideas of modernity.

In the final part the author considers 'indigenous modernities': the irregular, the uneven and the unexpected in what uncritical observers might call a coherent 'traditional' society and built environment.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (27 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415323762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415323765
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,846,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[An] intelligent, well-organized, and well-illustrated investigation.' – The Architectural Review

'I was immediately captivated ... a beautifully written book ... and some fine illustrations.' – Urban Design

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This is a well researched and written book with great illustrations which show the the urbanism within a city can change due to political, social and colonial issues. It is about Delhi, although many of the issues explored would apply equally to other colonial cities. The hows and whys of the urban world we operate in become clear. The language is understandable and clear- free from the usual jargon of architectural and planning books.
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