The beginning of the 1950s was a moment of global upheaval. From India to Morocco, from Guatemala to Indochina, the process of decolonization gained momentum and the Cold War began. Architects working or acting as experts in the non-Western areas of the globe could no longer plan as if sites were terrains vague and people were mute subjects. The end of colonial subjugation and the resulting self-awareness provoked new modernist attitudes and sensibilities—a true shift in thinking about the architecture of the modern city.

The exhibition How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh presents a new history of modern urbanism based on two major experiments in the Global South that took place during this wave of decolonization. It considers anew the relationship between local conditions and the international language of modern architecture, particularly in the context of the political and economic cooperation favoured by the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and other international bodies.

Curators: Tom Avermaete, TU Delft, and Maristella Casciato, CCA.
Exhibition design: Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo.
Graphic design: Feed, Montreal.
Photographic commissions: Yto Barrada and Takashi Homma.

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