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Where is architecture truly 'modern'?

September 8, 2015

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 6th September, by Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Professor of Art History at University College Dublin. She is the author of Architecture since 1400, which is now available on Minnesota Scholarship Online.

Architecture since 1400

"Too often, we in Europe and the English-speaking world presume that we have a monopoly on both modernity and its cultural expression as modernism. But this has never been the case. Take, for instance, the case of sixteenth and seventeenth century urbanism in Europe and Asia. One can focus on the different ways in which classical precedent was deployed in Europe, teasing out the distinctions between the early and late Renaissance, not to mention Mannerism and Baroque. These had no exact counterparts in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires, which stretched east from Budapest to what is now Bangladesh. Indeed, even many northern Europeans were slow to be impressed, although the revival of antique classicism certainly left its imprint upon Iberian colonial outposts (One can find sixteenth and seventeenth century churches with Roman-inspired facades in the Yucatan, Macau, and more). But from Madrid to Delhi, many capitals nonetheless shared the same new features during these years ..."

Discover more: Read more about eastern and western architecture in Kathleen's article 'Where is architecture 'modern'?'. The introduction to Architecture since 1400 is now freely available until the end of October. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as others in UPSO's brand new Architecture module, by recommending UPSO to your librarian today.