Whose tradition? : discourses on the built environment / edited by Alsayyad, Mark Gillem, David Moffat.

London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
xiv, 320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Summary note
"In seeking to answer the question Whose Tradition? this book pursues four themes: Place: Whose Nation, Whose City?; People: Whose Indigeneity?; Colonialism: Whose Architecture?; and Time: Whose Identity? Following Nezar AlSayyad's Prologue, contributors addressing the first theme take examples from Indonesia, Myanmar and Brazil to explore how traditions rooted in a particular place can be claimed by various groups whose purposes may be at odds with one another. With examples from Hong Kong, a Santal village in eastern India and the city of Kuala Lumpur, contributors investigate the concept of indigeneity, the second theme, and its changing meaning in an increasingly globalized milieu from colonial to post-colonial times. Contributors to the third theme examine the lingering effects of colonial rule in altering present-day narratives of architectural identity, taking examples from Guam, Brazil, and Portugal and its former colony, Mozambique. Addressing the final theme, contributors take examples from Africa and the United States to demonstrate how traditions construct identities, and in turn how identities inform the interpretation and manipulation of tradition within contexts of socio-cultural transformation in which such identities are in flux and even threatened. The book ends with two reflective pieces: the first drawing a comparison between a sense of 'home' and a sense of tradition; the second emphasizing how the very concept of a tradition is an attempt to pin down something that is inherently in flux." -- Publisher's description
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue : Whose Tradition? / Nezar AlSayyad -- Part I: Place: Whose Nation, Whose City? Tradition and Its Aftermath: Jakarta’s Urban Politics / Abidin Kusno -- Tradition as an Imposed and Elite Inheritance: Yangon’s Modern Past / Jayde Lin Roberts -- Mega-Events, Socio-Spatial Fragmentation, and Extraterritoriality in the City of Exception: The Case of Pre-Olympic Rio de Janeiro / Anne-Marie Broudehoux -- Part II: People: Whose Indigeneity? -- Revamping Tradition: Contested Politics of ‘the Indigenous’ in Postcolonial Hong Kong / Shu-Mei Huang -- Their Voice or Mine? Debating People’s Agency in the Construction of Adivasi Architectural Histories / Gauri Bharat -- Malaysianization, Malayization, Islamization: The Politics of Tradition in Greater Kuala Lumpur / Tim Bunnell -- Part III: Colonialism: Whose Architecture? How the Past and the Future Have Influenced the Design of Guam’s Government House / Marvin Brown -- The Missing ‘Brazilianness’ of Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Art and Architecture / Pedro Paulo Palazzo and Ana Amélia de Paula Moura -- Empire in the City: Politicizing Urban Memorials of Colonialism in Portugal and Mozambique / Tiago Castela -- Part IV: Time: Whose Identity? Whose Neighbourhood? Identity Politics, Community Organizing, and Historic Preservation in St. Louis / Susanne Cowan -- Cosmopolitan Architects and Discourses of Tradition and Modernity in Post-Independence Africa / Jennifer Gaugler -- New Traditions of Placemaking in West-Central Africa / Mark Gillem and Lyndsey Deaton -- Reflections. The Agency of Belonging: Identifying and Inhabiting Tradition / Mike Robinson -- Process and Polemic / Dell Upton.
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