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Dive into Tropical Modernism with a look at the Sikh craftsman who worked with Le Corbusier on a “Radiant City” in the Punjab, and the Ghanaian university that fostered an architectural style fit for African Independence.


Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based director of the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection of Photography reveals its showstoppers, and fashion writer Dal Chodha draws a line from medieval tapestry to Balenciaga.


We also get up close to a regal 19th-century Iranian portrait, the London-based designers Industrial Facility, and explore new books on the Bloomsbury Group and a Spanish master tailor.



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A building and palm trees

Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

Tropical Modernism was an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.

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