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Maitri Dore

Treustrasse 33/12, Vienna, Austria
Maitri Dore is an architect and Urban Studies graduate, currently interning at the Architekturzentrum Wien with work experience as an architect and architectural researcher in India. Her interest is in practising and researching socially and environmentally conscious architecture and urban space. She is also a freelance illustrator, her drawings focusing mainly on gender and Indian politics. Her work on LGBTQ issues was displayed in a solo exhibition at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2016.

Politics with Brick and Mortar (Beck, 1998)


Nation-building through Architecture in Post-socialist Budapest viewed through a Post-colonial Lens

Politics with Brick and Mortar (Beck, 1998)


Nation-building through Architecture in Post-socialist Budapest viewed through a Post-colonial Lens
This research draws parallels between postcolonial and post-socialist nation-building through architecture.
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  • New areas of operation

The project tries to contribute to bridging the gap between two ‘post-‘ bodies of literature. Scholars have pointed to the overlaps in the natures of oppression as also to their aftermaths, but despite these postcolonial and post-socialist scholarships have not really engaged with each other. In the former, new oppression by homegrown leaders was manifest, in decision-making related to architecture, as well as to the design outcome of national buildings. The question that hasn’t been studied is whether this postcolonial theory applies to the post-socialist context. Further, postcolonial scholars have been critiqued for excluding post-socialist realities. So this research is an attempt to build academic bridges and test whether such theory can travel across physical and temporal boundaries and herein lies its future impact. Studied are three projects in Budapest – the National Theatre from the late 1990s, and the National Hauszmann Plan and Liget Budapest Project – both ongoing.

Politics with Brick and Mortar (Beck, 1998)


Nation-building through Architecture in Post-socialist Budapest viewed through a Post-colonial Lens

Politics with Brick and Mortar (Beck, 1998)


Nation-building through Architecture in Post-socialist Budapest viewed through a Post-colonial Lens
This research draws parallels between postcolonial and post-socialist nation-building through architecture.
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

The project tries to contribute to bridging the gap between two ‘post-‘ bodies of literature. Scholars have pointed to the overlaps in the natures of oppression as also to their aftermaths, but despite these postcolonial and post-socialist scholarships have not really engaged with each other. In the former, new oppression by homegrown leaders was manifest, in decision-making related to architecture, as well as to the design outcome of national buildings. The question that hasn’t been studied is whether this postcolonial theory applies to the post-socialist context. Further, postcolonial scholars have been critiqued for excluding post-socialist realities. So this research is an attempt to build academic bridges and test whether such theory can travel across physical and temporal boundaries and herein lies its future impact. Studied are three projects in Budapest – the National Theatre from the late 1990s, and the National Hauszmann Plan and Liget Budapest Project – both ongoing.


Idea by

Maitri Dore
Treustrasse 33/12
Vienna
Austria
Maitri Dore is an architect and Urban Studies graduate, currently interning at the Architekturzentrum Wien with work experience as an architect and architectural researcher in India. Her interest is in practising and researching socially and environmentally conscious architecture and urban space. She is also a freelance illustrator, her drawings focusing mainly on gender and Indian politics. Her work on LGBTQ issues was displayed in a solo exhibition at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2016.