Designed capitals since 1960
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The urban experiments of Chandigarh and Brasília have spawned a series of successors. Pakistan’s Islamabad was the earliest of these, and governments across Asia, Africa, and South America have periodically proposed capitalbuilding ventures ever since. I focus here on the plans for Nigeria’s Abuja and Tanzania’s Dodoma. Planned in the 1970s, these are two ambitious examples (one now substantially built, the other slowly moving forward) of somewhat more current thinking about designed postcolonial capitals. Both raise issues about pluralism-and the difficulty of symbolizing it-that will become central to the discussion of capitol complex architecture in Part 2. In these places, and in many that have drawn inspiration from them, the application of modern architecture and urbanism to the design of capital cities has not diminished the privileged position of the capitol.