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Unlocking the archive of a transnational expert: traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s activities as a WHO-consultant

Johan Lagae (UGent)
(2013) ABE JOURNAL. p.1-15
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Based on a preliminary short-term survey of the Calsat archives, currently held at the University of Geneva, this paper presents a discussion of the modus operandi of an overlooked global expert, the French architect and planner Henri-Jean Calsat (1905-1991). Calsat’s professional trajectory, which took him to as many as 57 countries, offers a particular insight into a specific form of transnational practice that emerged during the post-war period. Calsat became internationally renowned as an expert in tropical architecture but also made a reputation in the domain of hospital architecture, because of seminal projects such as the hospital in Brazzaville (1950-54). Later, from 1964 till 1980, he was also active as a consultant for the World Health Organization, conducting among others missions to Sudan and Indonesia. This paper reveals the traces and the silences embedded in the architect’s archive concerning these activities. As such, it aims at raising a number of key questions to be tackled when writing of the history of this new kind of professional.
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Africa, Henri-Jean Calsat, 20th Century Architecture, Hospital Architecture

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Lagae, Johan. “Unlocking the Archive of a Transnational Expert: Traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s Activities as a WHO-Consultant.” ABE JOURNAL, edited by Johan Lagae, no. 4, 2013, pp. 1–15.
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Lagae, J. (2013). Unlocking the archive of a transnational expert: traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s activities as a WHO-consultant. ABE JOURNAL, (4), 1–15.
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Lagae, Johan. 2013. “Unlocking the Archive of a Transnational Expert: Traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s Activities as a WHO-Consultant.” Edited by Johan Lagae. ABE JOURNAL, no. 4: 1–15.
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Lagae, Johan. 2013. “Unlocking the Archive of a Transnational Expert: Traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s Activities as a WHO-Consultant.” Ed by. Johan Lagae. ABE JOURNAL (4): 1–15.
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Lagae J. Unlocking the archive of a transnational expert: traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s activities as a WHO-consultant. Lagae J, editor. ABE JOURNAL. 2013;(4):1–15.
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J. Lagae, “Unlocking the archive of a transnational expert: traces of Henri-Jean Calsat’s activities as a WHO-consultant,” ABE JOURNAL, no. 4, pp. 1–15, 2013.
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