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Architecture in Asmara: Colonial Origin and Postcolonial Experience

Author/EditorVolgger, P (Author)
Graf, Stefan (Author)
Publisher: DOM Publishers
ISBN: 9783869224879
Pub Date01/06/2017
BindingPaperback
Pages480
Dimensions (mm)230(h) * 210(w)
The ancient city of Asmara is the capital of Eritrea and its largest settlement. Its beautiful architecture was rediscovered by outsiders in the early 1990s. In this book, the authors offer an original analysis of the colonial city, providing a history not only of the physical and visible urban reality, but also of a second, invisible city as it ex
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The ancient city of Asmara is the capital of Eritrea and its largest settlement. Its beautiful architecture was rediscovered by outsiders in the early 1990s. In this book, the authors offer an original analysis of the colonial city, providing a history not only of the physical and visible urban reality, but also of a second, invisible city as it exists in the imagination. The colonial city becomes a fantastical set of cities where each one reflects the others as if in a kaleidoscope. This ambitious book breaks new ground, and moves us a little further along in the attempt to read Asmara into contemporary theory. This book brings together scholars from a multiplicity of disciplines who have shown the ways in which colonial and postcolonial criticism has served as a platform for new, diversified readings of Asmara, which compile cultural and social history, critical and political theory, anthropological fieldwork, visual culture studies, literary and cinematic analysis, gender studies, diaspora and urban studies. The book examines the current realities of Asmara in order to address the continuing effects of the legacy of colonialism upon the city dwellers.

The ancient city of Asmara is the capital of Eritrea and its largest settlement. Its beautiful architecture was rediscovered by outsiders in the early 1990s. In this book, the authors offer an original analysis of the colonial city, providing a history not only of the physical and visible urban reality, but also of a second, invisible city as it exists in the imagination. The colonial city becomes a fantastical set of cities where each one reflects the others as if in a kaleidoscope. This ambitious book breaks new ground, and moves us a little further along in the attempt to read Asmara into contemporary theory. This book brings together scholars from a multiplicity of disciplines who have shown the ways in which colonial and postcolonial criticism has served as a platform for new, diversified readings of Asmara, which compile cultural and social history, critical and political theory, anthropological fieldwork, visual culture studies, literary and cinematic analysis, gender studies, diaspora and urban studies. The book examines the current realities of Asmara in order to address the continuing effects of the legacy of colonialism upon the city dwellers.

Peter Volgger, studied philosophy, history, and art history at the Innsbruck University. Since 2003, he works as freelance architect. He recently joined the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and the Institut fur Gestaltung at the Innsbruck University (Ass. Prof.), and the Institute for Architecture and Planning at the Liechtenstein University (Guest-Prof.), as a teacher and researcher. He is a member of the kulturhauptstad 2024 initiative in Vienna. Since 2012, he does his research work in Eritrea. He is a member of the Research Center for Migration and Globalisation in Innsbruck. Stefan Graf is an architect and art historian. The academic field of architectural theory gave him the opportunity to satisfy his multifaceted interests in art, architecture and cultural theory. He wrote his diploma thesis about Asmara and was part of the research project Asmara - The Sleeping Beauty. His field of research includes history, urban planning and the relationship between the historic part of CARP and Greater Asmara.

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