New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture

India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand

New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture

From three architecture industry experts comes a book nearly as sophisticated as the luxury homes profiled within. Inspired by new architectural agendas, such as rethinking congregational spaces and promoting a minimalist lifestyle, the luxury homes from across of Southeast Asia collected in this book dazzle with a bold new perspective on modern architecture. The 400 color photographs inside place you in beachfront scenes where the waves crash only inches from your feet; where you laze dreamily, jungle-side, in dazzling hotels; and finally, you come face to face with the most innovative concepts in all of Asia. With an additional 200 architectural plans to further inspire modern architecture aficionados, New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture presents breathtaking specimens from throughout Southeast Asia, including: India Indonesia Malaysia Singapore Sri Lanka Thailand Let the luxury homes and residences in this book wow you, and open your eyes to a side of Southeast Asian architecture that you've never seen before.

A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture

1960-2010

A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture

This book provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the developments in architecture from 1960 to 2010. The first section provides a presentation of major movements in architecture after 1960, and the second, a geographic survey that covers a wide range of territories around the world. This book not only reflects the different perspectives of its various authors, but also charts a middle course between the 'aesthetic' histories that examine architecture solely in terms of its formal aspects, and the more 'ideological' histories that subject it to a critique that often skirts the discussion of its formal aspects.

Future Asian Space

Projecting the Urban Space of New East Asia

Future Asian Space

Rapid technological, economic, social and cultural changes are transforming the idea of "Asian space." With the shift to a global economy and an urban population explosion, Asian cities have become a mainstay of progress, national pride, identity, and positioning on the global stage. The extraordinary pace and intensity of the changes have created a situation unique in the history of urban development. Despite the immense diversity of Asian countries, "Asia-ness" is often treated as a distinctive quality that has emerged from unique recent circumstances affecting Asian urbanizations as a whole. In Future Asian Space, 15 authors explore broad concepts relating to the creation and re-creation of "Asian space" and contemporary Asian identity, and their examination of different sites and research approaches highlights the difficulty of pinpointing what Asia-ness is, or might become. Appropriate design and planning of cities is a critical element in building a sustainable future and coping with environmental, social and cultural problems. Future Asian Space is designed to stimulate interests and engagement in discussions of the Asian city, and its trajectories in architecture and urbanism, but the authors' conclusions will intrigue anyone interested in the future of cities and urban life in Asia.

Singapore Houses

Singapore Houses

Singapore Houses features top architects and designers with ideas that are stylish, contemporary, and show twenty-first century savvy. The houses in this book epitomize cutting-edge residential architecture in Singapore. they demonstrate a remarkable surge of design exploration in the city-state. Architects in Singapore are producing work with a level of refinement and sophistication that is comparable with the best in the world and one would be hard pressed to find a nation of similar size with such an abundance of accomplished young designers who have built independently. The houses include recent designs by doyens of the profession such as Sonny Chan Sau Yan, Kerry Hill and Ernesto Bedmar in addition to the firmly established "next" generation including Mok Wei Wei, Chan Soo Khian, Siew Man Kok and Richard Hassell. For those looking for new architecture or interior design ideas, Singapore Houses will surely add a unique, fresh element to their homes and projects.

Architecture and Nationalism in Sri Lanka

The Trouser Under the Cloth

Architecture and Nationalism in Sri Lanka

The role of the home, the domestic sphere and the intimate, ethno-cultural identities that are cultivated within it, are critical to understanding the polemical constructions of country and city; tradition and modernity; and regionalism and cosmopolitanism. The home is fundamental to ideas of the homeland that give nationalism its imaginative form and its political trajectory. This book explores positions that are vital to ideas of national belonging through the history of colonial, bourgeois self-fashioning and post colonial identity construction in Sri Lanka. The country remains central to related architectural discourses due to its emergence as a critical site for regional architecture, post-independence. Suggesting patterns of indigenous accommodation and resistance that are expressed through built form, the book argues that the nation grows as an extension of an indigenous private sphere, ostensibly uncontaminated by colonial influences, domesticating institutions and appropriating rural geographies in the pursuit of its hegemonic ideals. This ambitious, comprehensive, wide-ranging book presents an abundance of new and original material and many imaginative insights into the history of architecture and nationalism from the mid nineteenth century to the present day.

Summerson and Hitchcock

Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography

Summerson and Hitchcock

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The Past in the Present

Architecture in Indonesia

The Past in the Present

The concepts of "Indonesian architecture" and "architecture in Indonesia" are both quite difficult to pin down. For the architecture of this small country incorporates influences from many important cultures--from India, China and the Middle East to countries in the West--and is therefore extremely multifaceted. In fact, one might reasonably ask whether a "real" Indonesian architecture actually exists, even with reference to the country's vernacular work, which is highly diverse from an ethnic perspective in and of itself. The quest for an authentic Indonesian architecture has in fact been the subject of debate among architects there for many years, especially in regards to the work has been exported to other countries--in particular, its former colonizer, the Netherlands. (In fact, there is even a name for the hybrid style that originated during that era: Indische).This very nicely designed collection of illustrated essays, which features a special section of pictures and drawings of colonial architecture, provides a real sense of the diversity of building in modern-day Indonesia--while at the same time recognizing that such a perspective cannot be productive without taking history into account. With chapters on Modern Indonesian architecture, vernacular traditions, mosques, the effect of the Chinese diaspora, hybrid historic/contemporary Balinese architecture, the colonial period, Indische architecture and Art Deco and more, this publication provides an amazing overview and a long-overdue investigation of Indische work. Preface by Aaron Betsky.

Living the Modern

Australian Architecture

Living the Modern

Since the nineteen-fifties, a unique form of modern architecture has been developing in Australia-a "progressive modernism," which involves the dynamic combination of tradition and transformation. This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Living the Modern_Australian Architecture, and analyzes this culture- and environment-specific architecture, using its residential constructions as a basis for examination. The scope of the book extends from detached family houses to high-rise buildings. Examples of early design from the post-war period are explored in an introductory overview, but the focus of the publication is directed towards a diverse mix of twenty-five Australian architects. For the last fifteen years, they have been applying, interpreting, or reworking modernist approaches, but despite fame in their homeland, their outstanding and refreshing productions remain largely unheard of in Europe. Including texts by Richard Blythe, Philip Drew, Philip Goad, Gevork Hartoonian, Tom Heneghan, Hannah Lewi, Elizabeth Musgrave, Stephen Neille, Claudia Perren, Kristien Ring, and Peter Wilson. Book jacket.

Tempo

Indonesia's Weekly News Magazine

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Imagining Modernity

The Architecture of Valentine Gunasekara

Imagining Modernity