Public Buildings of Early Independence: Conflations of Regionalism and National Identity



The chapter discusses key buildings of the early years of Independence, which had embraced the language of the International style, but embodied variants of tropical differentiations and indigenised departures of the style. These localised interpretations of the International style were seen as symbolic of a newly independent nation, which was the result of an earnest search to erase a colonial past and assert the optimism and progressiveness of a new world. Although such expressions of International style have gone out of fashion, these buildings are still representative and reminiscent of a national euphoria that is accepted and identified with a multicultural population.


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  1. 1.International Islamic University MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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