This book explores how Malaysia, as a multicultural modern nation, has approached issues of nationalism and regionalism in terms of physical expression of the built environment. Ever since the nation's post-Colonial era, architects and policy makers have grappled with the theoretical and practical outcomes of creating public architecture that effectively responds to traditions, nationhood and modernity.
The authors compile and analyse prevailing ideas and strategies, present case studies in architectural language and form, and introduce the reader to tensions arising between a nationalist agenda and local 'regionalist' architectural language. These dichotomies represent the very nature of multicultural societies and issues with identity; a challenge that various nations across the globe face in a changing environment.
This topical and pertinent volume will appeal to students and scholars of urban planning, architecture and the modern city.
Shireen Jahnkassim is both an academic and practitioner of architecture, and is currently Associate Professor at the International Islamic University, Malaysia.
Norwina Nawawi is Associate Professor at the International Islamic University, Malaysia.
Mansor Ibrahim is Professor of Urban Regional Planning, IIUM
Chapter 1 Definitions.Chapter 2 The Mosque in a Multicultural Context - Modernity, Hybridity and Eclectism.Chapter 3 Public Buildings of Early Independence - Conflations of Regionalism and National Identity.Chapter 4 Monumentalising the Vernacular - Criticality, Kitsch and Identity of the City; With Noorhanita Abdul Majid.Chapter 5 Regionalism in University Buildings - Tectonics, Form And Criticality.Chapter 6 Tropical Urbanism - Greenery and Walkways in Mediating Identities; With Norzalina Harun and Alias Abdullah.Chapter 7 Between Criticality and Pastiche - The Putrajaya Boulevard.Chapter 8 Criticality, Symbolic Capital and the Highrise Form.Chapter 9 The Transport Terminal - Marking National Landmarks.Chapter 10 The Tropical Metropolis - A Review Of History, Identity and Climatic Idealisations in City Form; Nurul Syala Abdul Latip and Shaiful Nadzri Samsuddin.Chapter 11 Syncretism in Urban- Architectural Form - The Conscious and Unconscious Formation of National Identity.Chapter 12 Conclusions.