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Seminar and Book presentation: Reporting on the Modernisation of Casablanca and Chandigarh

Date: 29 November 2014 Time: 14:30 to 16:30. After the debate drinks will be offered Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam Language: Dutch and English Entry: Free

With Marisella Casciato, Tom Avermaete, Antoni Folkers, Stanislaus von Moos and Frits Palmboom

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre host a public seminar organized by TU Delft and the Canadian Centre of Architecture (CCA) at the occasion of the publication of the book Casablanca-Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization (Park Books and CCA). The seminar is part of the ambition of Het Nieuwe Instituut together with TU Delft and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre to foster research and its public dissemination while connecting historical and cultural studies with the urgent issues of today.

Presentations and debate will focus on the emergence, character and role of Casablanca and Chandigarh, two radically modern cities planned in the beginning of the 1950s.

In a world marked by decolonization and upheaval, Casablanca and Chandigarh appear simultaneously as exponents of and countercurrents to modernization and its development perspectives. The research of the authors Tom Avermaete and Maristella Casciato sets the context for reading Casablanca and Chandigarh as the results of nuanced, dynamic processes of international exchange driven by the expertise of a new class of design professionals. After a presentation by Maristella Casciato and Tom Avermaete there will be reactions to particular themes and perspectives by Stanislaus von Moos, Antoni Folkers, and Frits Palmboom.