Southeast Asia’s Modern Architecture

Questions of Translation, Epistemology and Power

Edited by Jiat-Hwee Chang and Imran bin Tajudeen

Southeast Asia’s Modern Architecture

Edited by Jiat-Hwee Chang and Imran bin Tajudeen

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

400 pages | 78 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9789814722780 Published February 2019 For sale in North and South America and China only
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.
 
Review Quotes
Abidin Kusno, professor, York Centre for Asian Research and director, Centre for Southeast Asia, University of British Columbia, Canada
"This collection opens the field of architectural history of the modern and will enrich specialists’ way of seeing. It shows how modern architecture could be differently understood, challenged, transformed, and owned. It capably represents a break, but not a retreat, from influential architectural history and theory."
Robin Honggare | Planning Perspectives
This edited volume should be celebrated as the first that provides an architectural survey of the region and a critical reevaluation [...] Despite the archival challenge in researching about Southeast Asia, the contributors managed to produce rigorous works that are substantiated by various forms of evidence. Moreover, I found the footnotes in this collection very resourceful in constructing a new system of reference that deviates from the Western canon of architectural history. This last note should not be taken for granted, for it conveys the contribution of this volume to the regional project as much as to the global history of architecture."
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