Landscapes Lost And Found: Appreciating Hong Kong's Heritage And Cultural Landscapes by Nicolson, Ken
Hong Kong's approach to heritage conservation has focused mainly on saving an old building here and there with little or no regard to its surroundings. Recent public debates challenging proposals to demolish the former Central Government Offices have highlighted this problem and, for the first time, acknowledged that the heritage value of the buildings is enhanced by their contribution to the broader 'cultural landscape' of Government Hill. Not all of Hong Kong's heritage cultural landscapes have been so fortunate. This book illustrates the concept of cultural landscape using wonderful local examples and champions this new approach to interpreting and conserving Hong Kong's heritage sites more effectively.
Messy Urbanism: Understanding The "Other" Cities Of Asia by Chalana, Manish; Jeffrey Hou (Eds.)
Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, this volume examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban informality and the contexts in which this "messiness" emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.
Filip Dujardin: Fictions by Filip Dujardin
The art and architectural photographer Filip Dujardin has been working on a series since 2007 whose humor and entertainment value is accompanied by references to art history: Fictions presents wonderful objects in conceptional subjectivity and is full of jocularity and persiflage. With the aid of a digital collage technique consisting of photographs of existing buildings in and around Ghent, the city of his birth, the artist creates buildings that have been ingeniously imbedded in the landscape and whose construction would be impossible fabrications in the true sense of the word.
River Transformed, A: Singapore River And Marina Bay by Auger, Timothy
The story of the Singapore River, the other rivers flowing into the Kallang Basin, and Marina Bay. It covers their commercial role over the centuries; victory over pollution, including mass dispersal of people and businesses clustered around the waterways into new towns around the island; the role of planners and the planning system in reclamation, and the creation of Marina Bay and the New Downtown; the role of Marina Bay as a water reservoir and the that of the rivers in Singapore's water supply; the transformation of the rivers and Marina Bay into a lifestyle setting, Singapore's "new Padang".
China's Lost Imperial Garden: The World's Most Exquisite Garden Rediscovered by Guo Daiheng
Built in 1707, the Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan) is a masterpiece integrating the classic garden-building arts of China. It is reputed as the "Garden of all Gardens," due to its rich and incomparable landscaping. The Old Summer Palace was also the second political center in addition to the Forbidden City in the Qing Dynasty. Having gone through a span of over 150 years, the Old Summer Palace reflects the history of the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty.
New Thai Style by Freeman, Michael (Photo); Kim Inglis (Text)
Thai Style is renowned throughout the world for its grace, form and colours, reflecting wider national culture. Whether pavilion-style architecture, elegant interior designs, innovative use of textiles and materials, Thai Style manages to combine cultural traditions with skilled craftsmanship and modern interpretations. A number of carefully selected homes, resorts, hotels and residences are featured in New Thai Style - a cornucopia of all that is new and exciting in confident, thrusting Thailand's design scene.
Frank Gehry by Lemonier, Aurelien; Frederic Migayrou (Eds.)
Featuring fifty of Frank Gehry's most important projects, this lavish monograph presents the full range of the architect's work from the past six decades. Arranged chronologically, it follows the arc of Gehry's career, from his early residential projects through the public and cultural facilities his studio is currently focused on, including his early years working within the L.A. Art Scene, to his Pritzker-winning recognition, to his pioneering research into the application of computer-aided-design in all aspects of the building design process from the first sketches to the final elements of construction.
Dp Architects On Marina Bay: Evolution Of A Civic Downtown by Anderson, Collin; Ian Choo
This book chronicles the history of DP Architects and its involvement in the creation of Singapore's Marina Bay over a period spanning 50 years. It discusses the relationship between land reclamation and the conception of architecture and public space in Singapore through projects that represent a diverse range of building types, including hotels, malls, and offices, as well as cultural and performance spaces. Each project has a vital public component that contributes to the connectivity of Marina Bay and its success as the nation's civic core.
Anatomy Of The Architectural Book, The by Tavares, Andre
Architectural bookmaking has been exposed to disciplinary debates, just as building construction has been exposed to the charms of book culture. Dissecting a wealth of books through fi ve conceptual tools, André Tavares analyzes the material qualities of books in order to assess their crossovers with architectural knowledge. The detailed history of Sigfried Giedion's Befreites Wohnen and the two incarnations of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and Sydenham provide a background that confronts us with the confi guration of the book as a unique visual device.
Bali: Sustainable Visions by Ginanneschi, Isabella (Photos); D. M. Kirk (Text)
Justly famous for its artistic expressions, Balinese culture is also uniquely adapted to the natural conditions of this small volcanic island. Today, even as Bali's ecosystem is challenged by a continued influx of foreign tourists, a handful of inspired creators are rediscovering the island's long tradition of environmental sustainability. This gorgeous and eye-opening volume introduces us to their most innovative projects on Bali and other islands, including luxurious private homes built from traditional and reclaimed materials; the Suarga Resort, which boasts the world's largest bamboo-shingled roof; and the Green School, an international primary and secondary school where students learn to be stewards of the earth. Illustrated throughout with stunning new color photographs and animated by a deep ecological consciousness, Bali: Sustainable Visions is an essential book for everyone who cares about the future of architecture, design, and the natural environment.
Iversen: Architect Of Ipoh And Modern Malaya by Iversen Rollitt, Ruth
This is a biography of the Danish architect B.M. Iversen (1906-1976). It is illustrated with hundreds of original photographs, building plans and original paintings by the architect.Perhaps more than any other architect of his generation, B.M. Iversen introduced modern architecture to Malaya. Written by the architect's daughter, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, this warm, richly illustrated biography sheds new light on the life and work of Iversen, whose career spanned almost four decades in Malaya.
Rumah - An Ode To The Malay House by Tenas Effendy
Rumah is a collection of old Riau-Malay rhymed sayings originally gathered and published by Tenas Effendy. Referred to in Malay literature as 'Ungkapan', these eloquent stanzas depict the Malay house as a metaphor for the passage of life, the responsibilities of parenthood, the social observances of communal living, and the obligations of existing harmoniously with nature. Together, they form a complex work that vividly illustrates the values of customary law, etiquette, cultural protocols and religious tenets as cherished within a Malay home. The sayings themselves beautifully capture and radiate the warmth of a graceful Malay kampung house cast within the idyllic setting of a lush tropical oasis.
Penang House And The Straits Architect 1887-1941, The by Lim, Jon Sun Hock
The mercantile communities of the Straits of Malacca were patrons of a distinctive architecture which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The development of Straits architecture is succinctly expressed in the evolution of the Penang house. More than just a home, the house in this mercantile community was a statement of wealth, influence and cultural affiliations. This lavishly illustrated book is an important landmark study of a glorious chapter in Malaysia's architectural history.
Vertical Cities Asia. Volume 4: Everyone Connects (International Design And Competition And Symposium 2014) by Miyauchi Tomohisa (Ed.)
Asian cities are developing at an unparalleled pace, fuelled by the rise in urban population and economic development. With development focused on the production and output of commercial industries, the growth of many cities has overlooked disadvantaged citizens, who remain disconnected to basic amenities, transport services and economic opportunities. The aim of the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium is to encourage design explorations and research into new urban models for urban environments in Asian cities challenged by the task of providing infrastructural services for all citizens. This fourth edition is themed "Everyone Connects" and investigates potential solutions to the metropolitan fragmentation and the dispersal of informal settlements throughout cities, and the exclusion of certain members of the populace from economic opportunities and social activities.
Modern Thai House: Innovative Design In Tropical Asia by Powell, Robert; Albert Lim (Photo.)
With rich photography and insightful commentary, this Thai architecture and interior design book showcases some of the finest modern masterpieces in Southeast Asia. The houses in this book are readily accessible from Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiangmai. They reflect a wide variety of concerns and solutions, such as: sustainability; responses to climate; strategies for cooling with minimal electricity; openness versus security in a large metropolis such as Bangkok; cultural sensitivity and responsiveness, as evidenced in a "three-generation house," built for a society in which the extended family is still prevalent; and cultural memory, as in the use of elements such as pilings, verandahs, and steeply pitched roofs with large overhangs that echo traditional Thai designs.
Sri Lanka Style: Tropical Design & Architecture by Channa Daswatte; Dominic Sansoni (Photo.)
Reflecting its location and status as a hub of Indian Ocean trade from time immemorial, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has always been open to the movements and patters of world culture. Indigenous architects and cultural traditions, colonial incursions and the vagaries of living in a tropical environment have combined to produce a distinctive Sri Lankan architectural style: thick lime-washed walls, tall windows and doors, terracotta or granite tile floors, open pavilions and verandas, courtyard gardens, elaborately carved furniture and vibrant hand-looms.
Dp Design: Designing Spaces by
Designing Spaces showcases the finest work from DP Design. This comprehensive book is packed with inspiration, ideas and details on designing spaces and infusing soul and character into vast spaces. This unique and engaging book illustrated how designing for an interior space can be a direct, strategic response to a building's intrinsic architectural form, functionality and user experience. Over 20 unconventional examples illustrate how, rather than treating interiors as isolated design projects, they are seen as extensions of the building architecture.
Faith In Architecture: 50 Houses Of Worship In Singapore by Gul Inanc (Ed.)
Often we are not fully aware of the artistic, diverse and divine features of more than a thousand houses of worship, which surround us in this small, culturally diverse city-state. This semi-photobook is a humble attempt to give 50 of these sacred sands/stones the voice required to share their stories with us and for us to move a little closer to understanding and appreciating the art and culture of major faiths being practised both locally and globally. Complementing the reflections and photography in the book are astute sketches by renowned Singapore artist, Dr Ho Chee Lick.
Singapore House, 1819-1942, The by Lee Kip Lin
The Singapore House is a comprehensive study of the various domestic architectural styles that thrived in Singapore from 1819 until the outbreak of the Pacific War - from English, Georgian, Victorian, Eclectic, Edwardian, Baroque, Arts and Crafts and Modern International to the home-grown Coarsened Classical. Beautifully illustrated, The Singapore House marks a major attempt to document a rich and beautiful architectural legacy. The over 400 illustrations include rare historical materials, remarkable photographs and fascinating architectural drawings.
Architectural Heritage Of Sri Lanka, The by C. Anjalendran; D. Sansoni & D. Robison
Architect C. Anjalendran has been recording Sri Lanka's architectural heritage for almost 30 years. The result is a collection of exquisite measured drawings, all made with ink and pencil on tracing paper - documenting many interesting and often neglected buildings in Sri Lanka. This book features these, along with photographs and insightful text, to highlight a broad cross-section of buildings of many different types and from many periods - from the ancient classical era of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, from medieval times, from the colonial period and from the years after Sri Lanka regained its Independence in 1948.