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October 30, 2001
Kamil Khan Mumtaz Modernity and Tradition: Contemporary Architecture in Pakistan Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1998. 150 pp.; some color ills.; some b/w ills. Cloth $35.00
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The title of Kamil Khan Mumtaz’s book is in keeping with architectural debates in South Asia, which for almost a century have remained anchored in questions about modernity and tradition. This book is a collection of sixteen short polemical essays by Mumtaz, a well-known Pakistani architect, written between 1967 and 1997. The essays chronicle the gradual shift in his position “from a committed ‘modernist’ to a believer in the essential value of traditional wisdom.” Mumtaz’s...