Modernist Experiments: Casablanca Chandigarh

Two cities in different parts of the world, designed by western urban planners, Chandigarh in India and Casablanca in Morocco. Modernistic urban principles in negotiation with local traditions proved to be sustainable and invited growth. “Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization” is a fresh new look at Modernism outside the West looking at the two urbanist experiments.

The book documents two urban realities that have played a fundamental role in the imagination and redefinition of the twentieth-century modern city. Shifting away from an understanding of architecture as the construction of monumental masterpieces, the book assembles the narratives behind the public spaces, housing, and social facilities in cities, where modern plans have proven unexpectedly resilient and adaptable. This is reinforced through visuals by Yto Barrada and Takashi Homma—two photographers invested in capturing everyday urban life. Casablanca and Chandigarh appear simultaneously as exponents of and counter currents to modernization and its development perspectives. The book sets the context for reading the cities as the results of dynamic processes of international exchange driven by the engagement and expertise of a new class of design professionals. As a dossier of actors, alignments, and agendas, it contributes to an alternative historiography of postwar urbanism and to recent reflections on transnational practice. > Learn More

Tom Avermaete and Maristella Casciato: Casablanca Chandigarh – A Report on Modernization 
Authors:    Tom Avermaete, Maristella Casciato
Photographs by:    Takashi Homma, Yto Barrada
Preface by:    Mirko Zardini
ISBN:    9783906027364
Publisher:    Park Books
Publ. year:    2014
Language:    English
Pages:    368
Illustrations:    224 colour,124 b/w

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