Tag Archives: colonial and postcolonial

Just released: A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new monograph — A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience. See the publisher’s website for more details. Below is a preview of the book from Google Books (although the … Continue reading

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On pioneer Malayan architect Lim Chong Keat

Thanks to the “Pioneer architects lecture and dialogue series” organised by Tay Kheng Soon, I have the privilege of listening to Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat’s lecture last night at the URA Centre and participating in a dialogue with him … Continue reading

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Post-symposium tour: “Reclaiming the past: The royal port town at Kampong Glam, and the Precinct N1 and Golden Mile schemes”

by Dr. Imran bin Tajudeen, NUS (Signing up details to be announced at a later date) Saturday, 10 January 2015, 9am-12pm (with a short break) Nineteenth-century Singapore once operated as a dual port with twin settlements, one centred around Singapore River and … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 25: “Beyond Southeast Asia: Repositioning National and Regional Identities through Architectural Discourse”

by Assoc. Prof. Anoma Pieris, University of Melbourne The study of Southeast Asian architecture suffers two limitations. It has and always will be constrained by a legacy of area studies foci that governs empirical research on Asia. Despite the regional … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 24: Multicultural Spaces: Dynamics on Indonesian Architectural Histories As the Case

By Prof. Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, Universitas Indonesia This presentation tries to elaborate the phenomena of spatial dynamics (negotiation, adaptation, contestation) on Indonesian Architectural Histories from socio-political and cultural perspectives. It will try to look at this phenomena from the conjuncture … Continue reading

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The (ab)use of Foucauldian Analytics of Power in Architectural History

One of the themes of the forthcoming SEAARC Symposium is on “Space, Society and Power”. In the Call for Papers, we argue that scholars of architectural history in general might have over-relied on formal analysis in their understanding of power … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 22: “Cities within Buildings: The Private Housing Complex and the Contingent Public, c.1960s”

by Dr. Eunice Seng, The University of Hong Kong This paper is based on ongoing comparative research on the high-rise high-density composite building – a large private housing complex often the size of a city block – that emerged in Hong Kong … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 20: “Beyond Styles and Isolation: Towards the next step of a Historiography of Modern Architecture in Thailand as a part of Southeast Asia”

by Dr. Chomchon Fusinpaiboon, Chulalongkorn University This paper provides a thorough survey of how the historiography of modern architecture in Thailand has been developed.   It discusses the unique circumstances, namely the economic boom and a concern about national identity in architecture, that … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 16: Southeast Asia in the Public Works of the Portuguese Oriental Empire (1869-1926)

by Dr. Alice Santiago Faria, CHAM (Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar/Portuguese Centre for Global History), Lisbon, Portugal During the 19th century the territorial presence of the Portuguese in Southeast Asia was reduced to East Timor, which was only an … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 14: “Those Non-native Natives in Malaysia: Framing Southeast Asia’s ‘Colony Architecture’

by Dr. Francis Chia-Hui Lin, Taylor’s University, Malaysia The theory of Southeast Asia’s architecture, especially with regard to its methods, rationality, scope, and the distinction between justified conviction and attitude, is always contextualised within a fuzzy space in terms of classifications. … Continue reading

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