CFP - "Modern Architecture and the Middle East in the Twentieth Century," CAA Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018

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From: Abdallah Kahil <>
Date: 11 July 2017
CAA 106th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018
CFP - Modern Architecture and the Middle East in the Twentieth Century
Chair: Abdallah Kahil, Lebanese American University,
In the middle of the twentieth century, a surge of architectural production permeated the capitals of the newly formed Middle Eastern countries, including Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. European, American, and local architects shared the language of post-WWII architecture. Modernizing efforts were seen through the many buildings constructed in the capitals of these countries. Architectural schools thrived with local students and Western curricula were predominant. Political and economic factors were essential to this surge. This session is open to contributions which further explore questions of the direct role of international and national politics, economy, and social modernization in the formation of modern architecture in the Middle East. It focuses on the turning points in this development, discussing styles, building types, contexts, and the theoretical pretexts used to market the newly constructed edifices.
The deadline for submissions to session chair is August 14, 2017.