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Southeast Asia's Modern Architecture: Questions of Translation, Epistemology and Power
edited by Jiat-Hwee Chang and Imran bin Tajudeen
National University of Singapore Press, 2018
Paper: 978-981-4722-78-0 | eISBN: 978-981-325-062-8
Library of Congress Classification NA1511.S43 2015

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
What is the modern in Southeast Asia’s architecture and how do we approach its study critically? This pathbreaking multidisciplinary volume is the first critical survey of Southeast Asia’s modern architecture. It looks at the challenges of studying this complex history through the conceptual frameworks of translation, epistemology, and power. Challenging Eurocentric ideas and architectural nomenclature, the authors examine the development of modern architecture in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with a focus on selective translation and strategic appropriation of imported ideas and practices by local architects and builders. The book transforms our understandings of the region’s modern architecture by moving beyond a consideration of architecture as an aesthetic artifact and instead examining its entanglement with different dynamics of power.
 
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