Sir Patrick Geddes and Barra Bazaar: competing visions, ambivalence and contradiction

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Author(s)Beattie M
Publication type Article
JournalJournal of Architecture
Year2004
Volume9
Issue2
Pages131-150
ISSN (print)1360-2365
ISSN (electronic)1466-4410
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During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries successive British governments in the indigenous parts of Kolkata (Calcutta) imposed European urban solutions, typically involving slum clearance and road building schemes. These colonial attitudes contrast with more ‘hybrid’ visions that Sir Patrick Geddes adopted for proposals for a market area in Calcutta called Barra Bazaar, in 1919. Geddes’ ideas combined an approach that commended ‘traditional’ Indian courtyard houses, street patterns and external space, with more ‘modern’ ideas for business accommodation. In conclusion, I argue that Geddes’ often ambivalent and contradictory outlook on such competing visions of city space echoes notions of ‘hybridity,’ recently developed by Homi K. Bhabha.
PublisherRoutledge
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360236042000197835
DOI10.1080/1360236042000197835
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