BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Imperial Modernism

    Crinson, Mark (2016) Imperial Modernism. In: Bremner, G.A. (ed.) Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 198-238. ISBN 9780198713326.

    15947.pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript

    Download (494kB) | Preview


    Architectural Modernism related in complex ways to the late colonial context of the mid-twentieth century. This chapter explores the opportunities and visions invested in Modernism by both colonizers and the colonized, while relating these to the instrumental and exclusionary logic that gave Modernism such a powerful role within both the imperial apparatus and its succeeding post-colonial regimes. The relationship of Modernism and empire is thus understood in ways that open up or re-cast each other, especially in terms of metropolis and colony. It is in this spirit that the workings of the avantgarde, of official Modernism, of a climatically functional architecture for the tropics, of the vernacular, and of Modernism’s continuation after empire, are all treated.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Architecture, Space and Society, Centre for
    Depositing User: Mark Crinson
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 14:37
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:26


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item