Archis 2004 #5: Undutch
The Netherlands and Islam, nation and religion. Two forms of community. Both are struggling with the question of how far to open their doors. A report from the front lines of the struggle between fear and freedom.
Seattle has a very specific culture, which is in a way unique in America, in the sense that it has developed a common sensibility, a highly developed sense of solidarity between the rich and the poor. I think this is the only place in America where the rich are angst-ridden and want to do good, […]
If Western and non-Western scholars have been ‘contributing to a huge animosity’, as stated in the question, they also did agree on something: the term Islam is used to refer to many different things at once. This, by itself, generates huge misunderstandings. Some have in mind a system of norms which they consider to be […]
Archis sent out the letter below to several authorities on the inside to ask about the cultural power of the Islamic world and about the possibilities for interaction and exchange with the West. Carlos Betancourth explored what the cultural model of cosmopolitanism contains and how it compares to Islamic cultures to discover the possibilities for […]
The whole world is on the move, migrating and hoping. The rich world, above all Europe and North America, faces the rising determination of a hundred latecomer nations who were once silent under the blanket of colonialism and backwardness. How do we learn to live together, and at three levels: in an international system, in […]
Throughout the world, the Netherlands is still seen as an unprecedentedly modern country. However, while a few Dutch architects are scoring triumphs with dazzling images of their work and high-flown analyses, it seems that what still remains of Dutch public housing and urbanism is exhibiting increasingly traditional features. This current traditionalism is even more problematic […]