The Destruction of Modernist Heritage: The Myth of Al-Sawaber, by Asseel Al-Ragam, 2013

Al-Ragam, Asseel. “The Destruction of Modernist Heritage: The Myth of Al-Sawaber,” Journal of Architectural Education 67, no. 2 (2013): 243-252.

Abstract:

Powerful myths dominate modern architectural history. Design of postwar high-density housing, it has been argued, has failed in delivering its utopian promises. Political, economic, and social factors are mostly missing from these postmodern narratives that have connected modernism to failed housing projects. This association has
set a precedent for false histories to emerge around the world. The history of Kuwait housing, in particular, has been written with a bias against the apartment block. My study introduces a controversial Kuwaiti housing project into this debate and contributes to the legacy of modernist state housing schemes in architectural discourse.

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