This publication is part of a broader project by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) triggered by the acquisition of the Pierre Jeanneret archive, and accompany the exhibition 'How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh' at CCA from November 2013 to April 2014.
 
'Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization
documents two complementary urban realities that have played a fundamental role in the imagination, definition and redefinition of the twentieth-century modern city. Shifting away from an understanding of architecture as the construction of monumental masterpieces, the texts collected here assemble the narratives behind the public spaces, housing and social facilities in these two cities, where modern plans have proven unexpectedly resilient and adaptable over time. This perspective is reinforced through visual contributions by Yto Barrada and Takashi Homma—two photographers especially invested in capturing everyday urban life.

In a world marked by decolonisation and Cold War politics, Casablanca and Chandigarh appear simultaneously as exponents of and countercurrents to modernisation and its development perspectives. The book’s three chapters set the context for reading Casablanca and Chandigarh as the results of nuanced, 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, the book contributes to an alternative historiography of post-war urbanism and to recent reflections on the impact of transnational practice.' - from Canadian Centre for Architecture's website

Includes biographies of authors and artists.
Access level

Onsite

Location code REF.AVT
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2014

No of pages

367

ISBN / ISSN

9783906027364

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Introduction
Geopolitical Context
The End of the European Colonial Empires
Between East and West, a New Path for Development
A New Focus for the United Nations: The Technical Assistance Administration
The Political Battleground of Development Aid Missions
The Global Involvement of Non-Governmental Organisations: The Ford Foundation's Footprint
Two Urban Experiments
Exploring the Site: Chandigarh before Chandigarh
Exploring Casablanca
The GAMMA Grid for Casablanca
The CIAM Grid for Chandigarh
Planning Chandigarh
Planning the Expansion of Casablanca
Governance in Casablanca
Governance in Chandigarh
Designing Chandigarh's Civic Fabric
Designing the Civic Fabric of the New Casablanca
Trasnational Planning
The Seminal Role of Conferences in Transnational Planning
Shared Tools: Missions and Reports
How Modernism Embraced New Climatic Conditions: Tropical Architecture
The Rise of a New Figure: The International Development Expert
Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization
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Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization