Het modernisme tijdens het Cambodjaanse Sangkum-tijdperk: Waar utopische visies en architecturale praxis samenkomen

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Abstract

Following Cambodia's independence from France, the country became a hub for progressive ideas in architecture during the 1950s and 1960s, a period of peace and prosperity as described by Ross (2015). This era, driven by Prince Norodom Sihanouk's Sangkum regime, was marked by a blend of national pride and unity. The symbiotic relationship between Sihanouk and architect Molyvann was pivotal, leading to significant advancements in architectural design and urban planning. Their collaboration drew inspiration from Cambodia's heroic history and ancient Khmer architecture. This paper focuses on two aspects: the influence of utopian thinking on Cambodian architecture and urban planning during the Sangkum era; and architect Molyvann's societal role in modernising Cambodia. Molyvann's work, a fusion of European modernist and traditional Cambodian elements, was possible due to the era's stability. This study underscores the importance of utopian ideals in shaping society and highlights Molyvann's architectural contributions in envisioning a just and sustainable future.
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationWonen uit de schaduw
Subtitle of host publicationLiber amicorum Pascal De Decker
EditorsHans Leinfelder, Isabelle Pannecoucke, Willemien Van Damme, Jana Verstraete
Place of PublicationAntwerp/'s-Hertogenbosch
PublisherGompel&Svacina
Pages313-332
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-94-6371-481-5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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