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This subject explores how architecture in Asia and other Non-Western contexts has been shaped by spatial and political histories, cultural heritage and social legacies; and the contributions made by the first generation of architects to their newly independent nations. In doing so it engages with pre-colonial and colonial periods; nationalism and the Cold War; and the late capitalist and neo-liberal stages of globalization. The objective of this subject is to gain a comprehensive view of history through the lens of the non-Western built environment, its discourses and critiques as it developed against or in parallel with Euro-American Modernism. This subject provides a body of knowledge on history, culture and politics and their relevance for architecture which will be useful for students hoping to practice in Asia. Topics include; vernacular architecture, pre-colonial and colonial cities, museum design and exhibition culture, capitol buildings and capital cities, environmental sustainability, war and commemoration, heritage conservation and the aesthetics of globalization. Readings are drawn from interdisciplinary sources including architectural and urban history, geography, cultural studies and anthropology
Intended learning outcomes
- Understand the historical development of architecture in non-Western contexts;
- Understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts through contextualisation of knowledge on the built environment in South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East;
- Develop a critical position from which to be abele to assess critique and evaluate non-western architecture based on its internsic logic and contact.
Last updated: 18 December 2020