Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and

Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism 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 understandingPart 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 architecturePart 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 modernityIn 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


About the Author: Jyoti Hosagrahar

Jyoti Hosagrahar is Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Among other responsibilities, she leads the implementation of the Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation, the Cities Programme, policies for cultural and natural heritage for the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda, the Earthen Architecture Program, and the World Heritage Fund as well as the development and implementation of Thematic Indicators for Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals across the Culture Sector From May 2016 November 2018, she served as Director of the Division for Creativity at UNESCO Prior to joining UNESCO, she was a professor and Director of the SUI Lab at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India where she was also Chair of the Ph.D program and Founder Director of Sustainable Urbanism International SUI , an NGO in Bangalore, India She has a Ph.D in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of California, Berkeley.


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