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Introduction: Enacting Modernity
Introduction: Enacting modernity

Is it possible to gather up the discrepant materials, sentiments, forms and efforts of various peoples and ‘send them off’ into a horizon that everyone values as either necessary or better? Or is any assemblage always provisional and haphazard – full of tensions and make-shift ‘deals’ where the contributions of components are always subject to negotiations among their ‘messy’ inclinations and histories? These questions, at the heart of architecture and urbanism's long preoccupation with modernity, continue to haunt a world increasingly convinced that it was never ‘modern’ and re-emphasize the contestations always at work in how things – materials, language, bodies – are brought together. In other words, the concerns of the present seem to deal with the troublesome practices ...

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