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The Visibility of Modernization in Architecture
A Debate

Edited By

Gevork Hartoonian

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ISBN 9781032191232
July 11, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection explores the visibility of modernization in architecture produced in different capitalist regions across the world and provides readers with a historico-theoretical and historico-geographical discussion.

Focusing on a particular building type, an influential architect’s work, as well as relevant texts and documents, each chapter addresses the many facets of "delay" which are central to the problematization of capitalism’s progressive dissemination of technological and aesthetic regimes of modernism. This collection underlines the centrality of temporality for a critical understanding of colonialism, modernism, and capitalism. The book is primarily concerned with the historical timeline, the tangential point when a nation enters modernization processes. In exploring modernism in diverse regions such as East Asia, Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Iran, each chapter addresses the historiographic and architectonic unfolding of modernization beyond the western hemisphere. 

The exploration of these diverse case-studies will be of interest to students of architecture and researchers working on the collision of temporalities and the subject's critical importance for different country’s built-environments.

Table of Contents


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PART I Historico-theoretical Paths

1 Empire: Architecture and Totality

Gevork Hartoonian

2 The Architecture of Power, or the Power of Architects

Jean-Louis Cohen

3 Time’s Envelope: City/Capital/Chronotope

Harry Harootunian

4 Challenging Eurocentric Narratives in Architectural Historiographies: Futures Past and the Semantics of Historical Time Beyond Zeitgeist

Marianna Charitonidou

PART II Historico-geographic Practices

5 Second Time as Farce: Modern Architecture in Khrushchev’s USSR

Ross Wolfe

6 Different Priorities: Yugoslavian and Romanian Architects In and Out

Mirjana Lozanovska & Carmen Popescu

7 The Museum of Contemporary Art, New Belgrade: Aesthetic and Cultural Technology

Nikolina Bobic

8 We Need to Talk About Class in Architecture

Harry Margalit

9 Disjunctions in New Zealand Architecture

Paul Walker

10 Assembling Chinese Modernism

Duanfang Lu

11 Four Trends in Korean Architecture, ca. 2020

Hyun-Tae Jung & Junghyun Park

12 Shahyād Tower: Two Different Tendencies in One Ideological Symbol

Motahareh Danaeifar

13 Oil, Utopia, and the Architecture of the Off-Modern: The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Planning in 1930s Iran

Rahmatollah Amirjani

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Gevork Hartoonian is Emeritus Professor of architectural history at the University of Canberra, Australia, and holds a Ph. D from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has taught in American universities, including Pratt Institute and Columbia University, NYC. Hartoonian is most recently the author of Towards a Critique of Architecture’s Contemporaneity: 4 Essays (Routledge 2023), Reading Kenneth Frampton: A Commentary on Modern Architecture 1980 (Anthem Press 2022), and Time, History and Architecture: essays on critical historiography (Routledge 2020/2018). His previous publications include, among others, Architecture and Spectacle: a critique (Routledge, 2016/2012) and The Mental Life of the Architectural Historian (2013). The Korean and Thai edition of his Ontology of Construction (Cambridge University Press, 1994) was published in 2010 and 2017.