Sep 26 2011: Pakistan Modernism from The Pakistan Yearbook, 1969 (National Publishing House, 1969)

After two posts of advertising reflecting the aspirations towards modernity of Pakistan’s rulers during the 1960s, here are a whole bunch of photographs showing how that aspiration manifested itself in a variety of industrial, educational and residential buildings and installations. Perhaps the fact that so little of it differs significantly from equivalent projects in, say, the Soviet Union or United States, suggests a set of uniform design principles for these kinds of structures operating across ideological and geographic borders. Much of this is less about the ‘international style’ than the basic demands of commercial construction: these buildings are often as much in a MediterraneanĀ speculative hotelĀ development style as anything more thoroughly Bauhaus-influenced…


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