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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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T. K. Sabapathy on Michael Sullivan

Last night eminent local art historian/teacher/curator/writer T. K. Sabapathy delivered the NUS Museum Anniversary Lecture “About Michael Sullivan” at the University Cultural Centre. Although the title of the lecture is ostensibly about Michael Sullivan, the founding curator of the University … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 27: “Constructions of an Asian Woman Architect: Minnette de Silva, Architecture, and History”

by Dr. Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Bryn Mawr College Much recent attention has been paid to an erasure of Minnette de Silva’s work from a global canon of modern architecture. This reading of exclusion has been predicated in part on the demolition 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 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 19: “Women’s Prayer Space: A Feminist Critique on the Southeast Asian Islamic Architectural History”

by Dr. Tutin Aryanti, Indonesia University of Education Studies on the Southeast Asian mosque architecture have primarily focused on sultanate mosques. Primarily formalistic and stylistic, the studies have regarded the history of Islamic architecture as a history of male patronage of … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 11: “In Search of Epistemic Principles for the Study of Indonesian Architectural History”

by Assoc. Prof. Iwan Sudradjat, Institut Teknologi Bandung In the study of Indonesian architectural history today, questions of epistemology occupy a capacious and curiously confined analytic space. On the one hand, much of the categories and concepts (taxonomies, historical periods, knowledge clustering) … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 10: “Constructing ‘Asia’ and the ‘West’: Discourses of Orientalism and Occidentalism in Early 20th Century Building Journals”

by Dr. Cecilia Chu, University of Hong Kong The past two decades has seen a significant growth of academic and popular publications on architecture of Asia. In tandem with this development is the continual broadening of the scope of architectural … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 9: “Modernity and modernities. Emerging challenges for the historiography of modern architecture”

by keynote speaker Prof. Hilde Heynen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Since Marshall Berman first theorized modernity as the experience of all that is solid melting into air, we have come a long way in discussing modernity as a fundamental category for the … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 4: “Tagore as a Celebrity Tourist?: Urban Planning, Tourism, and Architecture in Colonial Saigon”

by Assoc. Prof. H. Hazel Hahn, Seattle University In 1929 the Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore visited Saigon for three days, where he was enthusiastically welcomed. I place this little-known visit onto intertwined developments in urban planning and tourism in … Continue reading

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