The Regional and National Agenda in Urban-Architectural Identity through Conflicts and Conflations



This chapter reviews past themes and definitions and creates a framework around which the discussion and structure of the book is based. Several operational definitions are presented along with key issues that face architecture and urban form during a period of modernity. The conflicts and confluences between issues and discourses that swirl around regionalism and nationalist identity as a foundation for urban identity are presented. It sets out several themes in terms of theory and practice and the past debates that dichotomies have found their way into discussions on identity in the built environment in a post-colonial context of emerging nations. Modernity, regionalist identity, criticality and ‘modern’ architectural language are defined within an era of modernisation which throws such concepts and intentions into sharper relief.


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