The Rationale of Architectural Discourses in Post-Independence Egypt A Contrapuntal Reading of Alam AI-Benaa (1980-2000)

PhD project by Marwa Moustata El-Ashmouni

This research aims to historicise the evolution of post-independence Egyptian architecture throughout the modern history in the twentieth century. It seeks to analyse the rationale of the local architectural discourse amid the international theories and discourses.  The discourse rationale will be discerned in view of its subjects, events, and sentiments so as to reveal forms of attitudes and references as well as intersections of compelling sets of influences and resistances. By doing this, the analysis will highlight both questions of imperialism and national identity with their evolved binaries between modernity and tradition. Accordingly, the study privileges the theoretician Edward Said’s seminal work Culture and Imperialism (1993), in how the imperial enterprises consolidated in “recognisable cultural formations” can be reflected in architectural discourse – the focus of this research.

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