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Casablanca : colonial myths and architectural ventures

Author: Jean-Louis Cohen; Monique Eleb
Publisher: New York : Monacelli Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Casablanca is a city of international renown, not least because of its urban structures and features. Celebrated by colonial writers, filmed by Hollywood, magnet for Europeans and Moroccans, Casablanca is above all an exceptional collection of urban spaces, houses, and gardens. While it is true that Casablanca developed as a port city well before the introduction of the French in 1907, it unquestionably ranks among  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildband
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cohen, Jean-Louis.
Casablanca.
New York : Monacelli Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606957954
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Louis Cohen; Monique Eleb
ISBN: 1580930875 9781580930871
OCLC Number: 49225856
Language Note: Translation of: Casablanca: mythes et figures d'une aventure urbaine.
Description: 480 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A bad start for a city of adventure: from Anfa to Casablanca --
Henri Prost's plan (1914-1917): a flexible approach --
The rule and the monument --
Planning Casablanca after 1920 --
Living in the Ville Nouvelle in the 1920s --
1930-1940: From Art Deco to modernism in residential construction --
Building the new Medina and housing the workers --
Building modern leisure facilities --
The post-1945 golden age and its dark side --
Michel Ecochard's Controversial urbanism (1950-1952) --
Culture-Specefic housing for Muslims: the age of large-scale --
Housing the Europeans --
Villas, beachside resorts, and movie theaters: Hedonism at work --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Casablanca.
Responsibility: Jean-Louis Cohen and Monique Eleb.
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Casablanca is a city of international renown, not least because of its urban structures and features. Celebrated by colonial writers, filmed by Hollywood, magnet for Europeans and Moroccans, Casablanca is above all an exceptional collection of urban spaces, houses, and gardens. While it is true that Casablanca developed as a port city well before the introduction of the French in 1907, it unquestionably ranks among the most significant urban creations of the twentieth century, attracting remarkable teams of architects and planners. Their commissions came from clients who were interested in innovation and modernization, thereby fostering the emergence of Casablanca as a laboratory for legislative, technological, and visual experimentation. Having studied the city for ten years, Jean-Louis Cohen and Monique Eleb trace, from the late nineteenth century to the early 1960s, the rebirth of a once-forgotten port and its metamorphosis into a teeming metropolis that is an amalgam of Mediterranean culture from Tunisia, Algeria, Spain, and Italy. The extensive presentation of the significant buildings of this hybrid city -- where, alongside the French, Muslim and Jewish Moroccan patrons commissioned provocative buildings -- is drawn from French and Moroccan archives, including hundreds of previously unpublished photographs. Cohen and Eleb focus as much on Casablanca's diverse social fabric as its urban spaces, chronicling the clients, inhabitants, and inventive architects who comprise the human component of an essential yet overlooked episode of modernism.

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