?The eight essays in this collection aspire to explore new languages for?rethinking contemporary architectural and urban conditions in the?postcolonial world. In so doing, the authors challenge the convictions?central to most studies of non-western archite cture-that is, the pursuit?of essential singular identities and the glorification of immemorial?pasts. Each essay investigates a particular textual, architectural, or?urban site within larger concerns related to the postcolonial condition.?Topics include rereading Beatriz Colomina's text on Adolf Loos's house for?Josephine Baker; analyzing political and ethical aspects of Jean Nouvel's?Arab World Institute, and exposing the cacophony of Pacific Rim cities.?For all those interested in the present-and future-global environment,?Postcolonial Spaces is an important exploration.