Colonial encounters, Karachi and Anglo‐Indian dwellings during The Raj

Ahmed, Nida
Was British imperialism in India an authoritarian rule or a collaborative one? How did the Indians resist, react, or adapt to the modernity introduced by the British? How did the British respond to their Indian context? Did the colonisers transplant western ideology and institutions without experiencing an exchange of ideas and practices in return? To deal with these questions, the study focuses on the architectural developments in Karachi during the British Raj (1858-1947) and investigates how the reforms introduced by the Raj transformed and modernised the society and its architecture, particularly the colonial domestic architecture.  


Autonomy : re-appreciation of architecture
Gürbüzbalaban, Melis; Savaş Sargın, Ayşen; Department of Architecture (2004)
The contradiction between architecture̕s أautonomyؤ, its existence as an entity with its own أdisciplinary specificityؤ- and its social أengagementؤ, its involvement in culture, ideology and economy, has been the subject of numerous discussions in architectural discourse, initially in Europe and later in North America. It is argued in this thesis that although أautonomyؤ and أengagementؤ seem contradictory to each other, architecture̕s أcritical statusؤ is rooted in this contradiction. Autonomy is regarded ...
Ideal and real spaces of Ottoman Imagination : continuity and Change in Ottoman Rituals of Poetry (Istanbul, 1453-1730)
Çalış, Bahar Deniz; Erzen, Jale Adile; Department of Architecture (2004)
Ottoman poerty comprised different genres, each reflecting an attitude towards Ottoman social order, gave rise to ritualized practices. Gazel poetry, performed in gardens, was an expression of Ottoman Orthodox society. Sehrengiz, performed in city spaces, was an expression of heterodox groups following after the ideals of the 13th c. philosopher Ibn al'Arabi who proposed a theory of "creative imagination" and a three tiered definition of space: the ideal, the real, and the intermediary. In gazel rituals, Ot...
Potential for popular dissemination: an analysis of the "ideal home" discourse in the weekly Yedigün magazine
Tuncer, Melike Usalp; Cengizkan, Ali; Department of Architecture (2006)
The social transformations beginning by the end of the nineteenth century and the political and economic changes of the Early Republican Era (1923-1938) and the Transition Era (1938-1950) had important effects on Turkish architecture. The effects of the ‘new’ and ‘ideal’ life accelerated by the establishment of the new democratic nation state brought rapid changes and transformations to all aspects of life including housing. This study deals with the housing discourse in Yedigün magazine which was published...
Mosques of Ankara: objects of ideological representation since the 1950s /
Karaelmas, Elif; Sargın, Güven Arif; Department of Architecture (2014)
Political ideologies are often represented in architecture. This study discusses how politics shaped the architectural process of mosque production in Ankara after the 1950s and is limited to the construction of mosques in the Altındağ, Çankaya and Pursaklar districts in the 1950-2010 period. The primary aim is to decode the underlying issues in the power relations and shed light on the effects of political choices and ideological tendencies on the architecture of mosques. This is done through an analysis o...
Evaluation of restoration projects of traditional dwellings in outer citadel of Ankara which are given gastronomic functions
Keskin, Irmak; Asatekin, Nafia Gül; Restoration in Department of Architecture (2008)
Traditional Dwellings in Ankara Citadel have an important place among both Anatolian and Ankara Traditional Dwellings, reflecting certain characteristics of their own. Citadel Area, as one of the oldest settlements in Ankara, has been hosting both residential and commercial activities for a very long period of time. Today, the area has regained its popularity; as a commercial, cultural and tourism center with the potential of its remaining values from the past and conservation movements held in the area sta...
Citation Formats
N. Ahmed, “Colonial encounters, Karachi and Anglo‐Indian dwellings during The Raj,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2017.