Building Siam: the People’s Party and Modern Architecture in Thailand / Society of Architectural Historians

The architecture of the People’s Party can be seen as part of contemporary global building programs that sought to reconcile the promises of modernity with the ambitions of nationalist regimes in places as diverse as Albert Speer’s Berlin, Benito Mussolini’s Rome, and Kamal Atatürk’s Ankara. Their often banal qualities allow us to see beyond the pleasurable facades of a triumphant modernity and consider how unequal power relations and access to materials, technology, and labor have shaped architectural modernity.The reign of the People’s Party ended in 1957 when a coup d’etat installed a pro-royalist military government that sought an architecture that reinvigorated historicist idioms associated with the monarchy. Today the architecture of the People’s Party is rapidly being erased from the Thai landscape, even as its remaining edifices continue to be rallying sites for new political movements seeking social justice and the elusive promises of modernity.[4]

via SAH.org – Society of Architectural Historians.

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