Text and images: Moritz Henning
In: Kambodscha. Ein politisches Lesebuch / Cambodia. A political reader
Bastian Bretthauer, Susanne Lenz und Jutta Werdes (Eds.)
Regiospectra Verlag Berlin
Hardly anywhere else in Southeast Asia has the architectural staging of a post-colonial new beginning against the background of its own (architectural) history been so impressively successful as in Cambodia. This is particularly evident in the work of Cambodia’s only „star architect“ to date, Vann Molyvann. However, the political and economic situation, the discontinuous history and perhaps also the fact that the project of Khmer Modernism was the project of a small, ruling elite may have contributed to the fact that this ‚architecture of independence‘ has not become part of the country’s cultural identity, which must be preserved and developed.
Further contributions by Ali Al-Nasani, Tilman Baumgärtel, Craig Bradshaw, Bastian Bretthauer, Clothilde Le Coz, Michaela Doutch, Duong Keo, Daniela Fendt, Dominik Hofzumahaus, Marina Kem, Katrin Luise Laezer und Elizabeth Högger Klaus, Susanne Lenz, Wibke Lobo, Reaksmey Yean, Sam Samnang, Britta Schweighöfer und Roman Herre, Sun Narin, Jutta Werdes, Timothy Williams, Yang Saing Koma