ARCHITECTURE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

ABSTRACT

For the actualisation of any project within a public domain, a political decision must be made. However, the architecture of our society is far more dominated by the prevailing taste of the ruling commercial elite than by all the artistic theories of the architects and art historians.

Whenever public projects are initiated within a political context, they are challenged on the quest for regional identities or depending on the people’s image of progress. These always become a historical disaster when such decisions are made within the disassociated concept of progress that prevails among the majority of the clients. In such instances, architecture uses extreme symbolism to execute such visions of the state. This in turn is boldly engraved in history through the architecture for generations, sometimes longer than the change itself.

It is advisable that such decisions are original and are done with a stable ideological framework.

The search for identity is multi faceted and need be approached from few more dimensions and convictions other than the principle of symbolism and locale to actual integration of the peoples Social, political, economical, cultural, political, institutional, and religious perceptions, that is, the wide and complex issue of culture.

Structure of the Paper

Preamble: This part is aimed at explaining how this thesis is constructed and what its goals are.

Chapter 1: ‘Identity through Symbolism’. This is an analysis of the idea of the search for identity through symbolism and the principle of locale. It involve case studies of specific architectural works mostly from India, probing the objective during the projects inception and what they have turned out to be with time.

Chapter 2: ‘locating the notion of identity’. In this chapter, I try to locate and discuss the concept of identity and its intercourse with architecture. I will develop an application of this concept to trends in the development of places of entertainment and leisure consumption.

Chapter 3: ‘Historical Concept of Entertainment’. This chapter is an essential part of the thesis to demonstrate the need for precedence before setting out for places and forms of entertainment compatible, acceptable and identifiable with the society. This search for a link with history plays a further important role in the development of a people’s cultural identity.

Chapter 4: ‘Contemporary Entertainment Landscape’. This chapter deals with the trends being adopted in places of entertainment and the influencing forces. It also looks into places specifically designed for performances and their success in evolving out as landmarks, monuments, and symbols of identity for the people and to some extent the particular function they are designed for.

Chapter 5: ‘Conclusion and Recommendations’. This chapter will analyse all the issues mentioned in the introduction. The questions will be answered and some recommendations will be added for a future research in that field.

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Chapter 2 Llocating the Notion ofIidentity.doc52.5 KB
Chapter 1 identity through symbolism.doc2.02 MB
Chapter 2 Llocating the Notion ofIidentity.doc52.5 KB
Chapter 3 Historical Concept of Entertainment.doc3.14 MB
Chapter 4 Contemporary Entertainment Landscape.doc3.35 MB

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