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Sacred ModernityNature, Environment and the Postcolonial Geographies of Sri Lankan Nationhood$
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Tariq Jazeel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318863

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318863.001.0001

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Architecting One-ness: Fluid Spaces/Sacred Modernity

Architecting One-ness: Fluid Spaces/Sacred Modernity

(p.121) Chapter 6 Architecting One-ness: Fluid Spaces/Sacred Modernity
Sacred Modernity

Tariq Jazeel

Liverpool University Press

Drawing on sustained ethnographic work with architects, clients and residents, this chapter firstly describes the kinds of building techniques used to create the non-binary environmental aesthetics and fluid inside/out spatialities that are the hallmark of Sri Lanka's tropical modernism. Secondly, it explores how people live in and materially negotiate tropical modern architecture, in the process delineating a dominant Sinhala and Buddhist cultural logic to such commonplace experiential and aesthetic domains. The chapter suggests how the affective capacities of tropical modernism participate in the ongoing ethnicization of this environmental architecture that is commonly thought to be quintessentially Sri Lankan. The chapter makes connections between the common domains of experience of tropical modern built space and the affective resonances of nature tourism in Ruhuna National Park delineated in chapter 3. The chapter is concerned particularly with the politics of the experiential.

Keywords:   Tropical modernism, architecture, built-space, Sri Lanka, experience, Sinhala-Buddhist, aesthetics

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