The postcolonial world is currently undergoing rapid development and?dramatic change. Radical interventions are drastically altering the?physical landscape of these regions, resulting in new and unfamiliar?environments. While these changes employ the most current structural?technologies, building types, and planning ideals, the critical discourse?used to analyze these developments continues to focus on traditional?dualities such as West/non-West, modern/traditional, and global/regional.?
?The eight essays in this collection aspire to explore new languages for?rethinking contemporary architectural and urban conditions in the?postcolonial world. In so doing, the authors challenge the convictions?central to most studies of non-western archite cture-that is, the pursuit?of essential singular identities and the glorification of immemorial?pasts. Each essay investigates a particular textual, architectural, or?urban site within larger concerns related to the postcolonial condition.?Topics include rereading Beatriz Colomina’s text on Adolf Loos’s house for?Josephine Baker; analyzing political and ethical aspects of Jean Nouvel’s?Arab World Institute, and exposing the cacophony of Pacific Rim cities.?For all those interested in the present-and future-global environment,?Postcolonial Spaces is an important exploration.