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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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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 18: “‘Manila Beautiful:’ Urban Hygiene and Colonial Architecture in Age of American Imperialism (1898-1942)”

by Prof. Gerard Lico, University of the Philippines, Diliman Enlightened by rationality of the science of tropical medicine, the American colonial sanitarians in the Philippines saw themselves as benevolent hygienic reformers, bringing the gospel of cleanliness to ignorant Filipinos whose bodies … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 12: “The New Arenas of Conservation Diplomacy: challenging the narratives of material antiquity in Southeast Asia”

by Prof. Tim Winter, Deakin University The methodological nationalisms and classificatory typologies, which have shaped the historiography of Southeast Asia’s architectural past, have been particularly pronounced in the study of the region’s antiquity and classical architecture. The mutual emergence of … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 8: “Forgotten Memorials: The Democracy Temple and Constitutional Defense Monument in Bangkok, Thailand”

by Assoc. Prof. Koompong Noobanjong, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang  Throughout history, architecture of the state and public space had functioned as a grand symbolic device in mediating power for the ruling authorities around the globe.  The designs and meanings of … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 3: “Assertion of Self in the Works of Architecture in Indonesia as manifested in Jakarta”

by Prof. Gunawan Tjahjono, Universitas Pembangunan Jaya and Universitas Indonesia Big city in Southeast Asia such as Jakarta has become a barometer of architectural trend of Indonesia. In it the contrasting images displayed by buildings representing the glory of capitalism versus those … Continue reading

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