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ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THE cOLONIAL QUESTION: cASABLANCA,
Transcript of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THE cOLONIAL QUESTION: cASABLANCA,
A series of factors helped in exploring the researches dealing with colonial architecture and town planning.
A lot of disciplines were used in the research field such as the history of architecture, town planning, and gardens.
The colonial space and all of its dimensions also played a role in the field of research, first anthropology and its allowance for a revitalization of historians' language and the comparative literature, and how colonial ventures have been mirrored in an intense creation of fiction.
Second the visual representations, especially photography and cinema, have recently become the object of progressively more numerous analyses. Those two elements helped in changing and developing the perception of architecture, in which it is now perceived according to its history's methods and it is also fitted into a dense network of semantic exchange.
- "Does research into 'colonial' architecture constitute a separate branch within architectural history, which would then imply a kit of methodologies and hypotheses of its own?"
- "It is impossible to understand the meaning of a colonial building unless it is slotted into these three typological and/or aesthetic series, which comprise local architecture with its own history, architecture as practised or known by its designer from the dominant power, and executed projects contemporaneous with it."
Some methodological precautions must also be take into consideration: 1. Avoid abusing the metaphor of 'laboratory.'
2. Colonies are territories where modernization and modernity are each constructed and oppose each other, as distinct but parallel phenomena.
3. Diachronic lines of continuity also need to be marked out, so as to avoid optical illusions caused by a narrow focus, where research is too limited in terms of length of historical period.
4. The concerns with listening to the voice of the colonized.
'Heterotopia' is a concept that gives an account of certain places, such as closed or segregated districts.
'Hegemony' is a concept that characterizes the political situation of the country under Fascism.
An important concept in understanding the colonial urban space is regulation.
1. There is clearly independence and the liberated countries' recuperation, they could call their own histories which has gone through the phase of making foundations and projects for exploration and legacy insurance.
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THE cOLONIAL QUESTION: cASABLANCA, aLGIERS AND bEYOND.
- The exploration of colonialism today constitutes a significant field of doctoral research of studies associated with the identification and conservation of built heritage. It also tends to mould and develop new images in the history of architecture.
2. There is the expansion of historical research through ever more numerous doctoral training programs.
3. There is the development of research strategies establishing colonial and post-colonial experiences and discourse as objects for theoretical consideration.
4. The powerful force of nostalgia for empires, which takes hold of people in previously colonizing nations as well as the colonized ones, a force that often comes about with tourism's turning of the whole world into entertainment.
Heteropia: is a concept in human geography elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe places and spaces that function in non-hegemonic conditions
Hegemony: is the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group.