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SEAARC Session Report 2

This is the report on Session 4: Modernisms and Modernities, written by the session chair Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University.  The papers in this session grappled with where to locate Southeast Asian architecture within histories of multiple modernities and modernisms. They encountered … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 26: “A Throne Hall and a Temple: The Public Works Department and the Construction of Modern Siamese Identity, 1889 – 1910”

by Dr. Pirasri Povatong, Chulalongkorn University This paper examines the establishment and operation of the Siamese Public Works Department (PWD) during the latter half of the reign of King Rama V (r.1868-1910), in order to understand the intricacies and effects … 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 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 2: “Modernism, Mistranslation, and Monumentalization in mid-20th-century Bangkok”

by Dr Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University This paper examines the conjoined genealogies of modernism and fascism in Thailand during the tenure of the People’s Party (1932-1958). It argues that a critical form of architectural mistranslation occurred during this period that … Continue reading

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