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Magical PrambananMagical Prambanan by Degroot, Veronique (Ed.)

Prambanan is the most celebrated Hindu temple in Indonesia. Magical Prambanan is the first book to reveal the many archaeological and cultural aspects of Prambanan and its surrounding temples. It narrates the history and the intricate discovery of this extraordinary site, the religious meaning and cultural symbols generated by its architectural presence. This book is also complimented by a thorough update of Prambanan's contemporary transformation into a cultural destination of modern Indonesia which includes how it has become a bottomless source of creative inspirations for Indonesian artists.

Kraton Ratu Boko: A Javanese Site Of Enigmatic BeautyKraton Ratu Boko: A Javanese Site Of Enigmatic Beauty by

The legend of Ratu Boko, "the king who vanished", is one of the oldest and best-known of ancient Javanese legends. The story aroused the curiosity of European visitors in the 18th and 19th centuries. They explored the hill and discovered the ruins of ancient buildings, statues, and inscriptions. When systematic archaeological research first began, the explorers were astounded to find structures which were different from those they had ever seen. After decades of excavation and restoration, these ruins have now been restored, so that visitors today can see what the ancient site looked like. One of the main attractions of the site is the challenge it presents to the visitor: to attempt to disentangle fact from fiction, and to imagine the dramatic events which must have taken place here. The site also offers one of the most beautiful vistas in Java: the sunset over the plains where the ancient kings of Mataram ruled over 1,000 years ago, over which Mt Merapi looms in the background. This book is the first to cover all aspects of the Kraton Ratu Boko complex, from its discovery to its transformation into one of the most popular cultural destinations in Indonesia.

Buildings That Revolutionized Architecture, TheBuildings That Revolutionized Architecture, The by Heine, Florian; Isabel Kuhl

Why do some buildings stand the test of time? What makes a building unique, or groundbreaking? How do function, environment, and technology impact an architect's vision? These questions and more are succinctly addressed in this wide-ranging tour of 100 of the world's most important man-made structures. This compilation spans the ancient to the modern eras and represents nearly every continent. Gorgeous photographs of each building are featured in double-page spreads, which include concise texts offering fascinating histories and contextual information, as well as biographies of the architects. An invaluable introduction to the world of architecture, this book guides readers through every milestone of architectural triumph - be it an ancient city, modern sports arena, cathedral, or office building.

Our Modern Past: A Visual Survey Of Singapore Architecture 1920S-1970S by Ho Weng Hin; Dinesh Naidu; Tan Kar Lin

It is not obvious to many that Singapore boasts an exemplary modernist architectural legacy. Built during the mid-twentieth century, these structures were the result of progressive, even utopic, impulses to shape a new society - a vision of the future, built to last. But that future turned out to be startlingly short-lived. Relentless development is rapidly depleting the built heritage of the nation-building period in particular, which is relatively less well studied or protected. The Singapore Heritage Society's decade-long project, Our Modern Past, constitutes a sustained effort to document the city-state's modern heritage, promote appreciation of this architecture, and present a case for its selective conservation. The first of two volumes, Our Modern Past: A Visual Survey of Singapore Architecture 1920s-1970s provides a photographic guide organised into three parts: interwar period (1919-1942), post-war years (1945-1965), and post-independence (1966-1980). Each part begins with a survey of that period's architectural elements, illustrating how locally typical modern expressions of form, type, materiality, and detail have been shaped by their contexts. feature buildings then complete each part, providing a closer look at definitive works that capture the times. The book contains a total of 649 photographs, 34 elements, and 44 feature buildings, including several that have since been demolished.

Lighting People's Cities by Gay, Joanne; Ong Swee Hong Et Al

Asia's first and only sustainable light art festival, i Light Marina Bay is organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, and celebrates the sights and sounds of Marina Bay, one of the focal points of Singapore's cityscape. The third edition of the festival was held March 7th through 30th in 2014, with the theme Light+HeART. As festival curator, the focus for the ONG&ONG team was to bring out the key message, that the awareness of sustainability through light is only possible if it resonates deep in our hearts -an enlightenment from within. This book will attempt to document the spirit and motivations behind the works made for the festival, through interviews with and personal essays by the artists, as well as those of our other collaborators. These will also include their thoughts about the lighting of urban spaces in general, bringing together their personal experiences and work as practitioners of the craft.

New Portable Architecture: Designing Mobile And Temporary StructuresNew Portable Architecture: Designing Mobile And Temporary Structures by

This title deals with the challenges that architects and designers face in creating spaces that can be rapidly constructed, taken down and even relocated. In revealing the cutting-edge techniques that are allowing static architectural forms to go mobile, the diverse examples provided in this book will capture readers' attention and imagination.

Young-Old: Urban Utopias Of An Aging SocietyYoung-Old: Urban Utopias Of An Aging Society by Simpson, Deane

Young-Old examines contemporary architectural and urban mutations that have emerged as a consequence of one of the key demographic transformations of our time: population aging. Distinguishing between different phases of old age, it identifies the group known as the Young-Old as a remarkable petri dish for experimental forms of subjectivity, collectivity, and environment. In investigating this field of latent urban and architectural novelty, Young-Old asserts both the escapist and emancipatory dimensions of these practices.

Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks Of The Japanese Gardener's ArtKyoto Gardens: Masterworks Of The Japanese Gardener's Art by Clancy, Judith

"Kyoto Gardens" is a labour of love from master photographer Ben Simmons and Kyoto-based writer Judith Clancy. Simmons' photographs present a fresh and contemporary look at Kyoto's most important gardens. Their beauty is enhanced and humanized by gardeners tending the grounds using the tools of their art. Clancy's graceful text provides historic, aesthetic and cultural context to the gardens. Combining wonder and rigor, she describes how Kyoto's most beloved gardens remain faithful to their founders' creative spirit and conception. Journey to Kyoto's thirty gardens with just a turn of a page, or use the handy maps to plan your trip.

Ancient Luang Prabang & Laos (Revised & Expanded)Ancient Luang Prabang & Laos (Revised & Expanded) by Heywood, Denise

Laos is one of the most beguiling destinations in Southeast Asia. This fully revised and updated cultural guide includes all the key sites in a country of unique artistic and geographical richness. The main focus remains Luang Prabang, high in the mist-shrouded mountains of the north, cut through by the Mekong river, a remote town of glittering Buddhist temples and saffron robed monks. The natural setting of the town, on a promontory by the river, encircled by an amphitheatre of steep, verdant mountains enhances its jewel-like identity. Luang Prabang is a treasure trove of sacred art dating from the 17th century. There are 35 Buddhist temples, carved from wood, exquisitely frescoed and gilded, with layered roofs sweeping to the ground. Interiors are adorned with Buddha images of serene grace and dignity. With the arrival of the French colonisers in the 19th century came a secular architectural tradition. The fusion of these two disparate cultures resulted in a singular beauty. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is considered the best preserved town in Southeast Asia. Visit the historic capital Vientiane and travel to the enigmatic Plain of Jars or journey south on the Mekong to Wat Phu and admire the beauty of its breathtaking riverside location. The temple, uncovered by archaeologists who were part of the French 'mission civilisatrice' and creators of the elegant colonial buildings of Luang Prabang, dates from the 6th century and forms the northernmost point of the Khmer empire. Laos is revealed as a place of artistic diversity and ancient history steeped in myth and legend.

Hanok: The Korean HouseHanok: The Korean House by Park, Nani; Robert J. Fouser

In recent decades, few nations have transformed themselves as radically as Korea. Amid Seoul's glass-and-steel skyscrapers and luxury apartments, however, the traditional Korean home or Hanok is experiencing a surprising renaissance. This book showcases twelve very special Hanok that reflect today's Korea - a country that's putting a modern twist on traditional values. While the exteriors of these houses are indistinguishable from Hanok built decades ago, the interior designs have been completely updated.

Religious Monuments Of Singapore, The: Faiths Of Our ForefathersReligious Monuments Of Singapore, The: Faiths Of Our Forefathers by Lee Geok Boi

This book takes a fascinating look into the architecture and history of twenty of Singapore's treasured religious monuments.

Vertical Cities Asia: International Design Competition And Symposium 2013. Volume 3 - Everyone HarvestsVertical Cities Asia: International Design Competition And Symposium 2013. Volume 3 - Everyone Harvests by Ng Wai Keen, Miyauchi Tomohisa Et Al (Eds.)

The scale and speed at which Asian cities are growing and densifying is without historical precedent. Continued recycling of existing urban planning and architectural models will lead to devastating effects on land, infrastructure, and the environment. The Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium were created to encourage design explorations and research into the prospects of new models for the increasingly vertical, dense, and intense urban environments in Asia. This book - fully illustrated in colour and beautifully presented with special Swiss-style cut-flush binding - presents the spectrum of innovative design and theoretical approaches proposed in the competition entry schemes and symposium.

High-Rise City Frankfurt: Buildings And Visions Since 1945High-Rise City Frankfurt: Buildings And Visions Since 1945 by Schmal, Peter Cachola; Philipp Sturm (Eds.)

There are more than 100 buildings in Frankfurt that stand over 50 metres tall. This book examines the most historically and architecturally significant of them, placing them in the socio-political, economic and cultural contexts of their respective periods. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, drawings, plans and building models, the volume examines not only existing buildings but also those that were either never developed, or that have been demolished.

Best Highrises 2014/15: The International Highrise AwardBest Highrises 2014/15: The International Highrise Award by Schmal, Peter Cachola

The latest volume in this annual series of outstanding architectural projects profiles the most innovative buildings in Germany and by German architects. This edition of the well-established DAM series of architecture annuals offers a close examination of the winning project--a primary school in Munich that ingeniously blends an urban housing development for the whole community with an optimal learning environment for students.

Golden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist WorldGolden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist World by Lall, Vikram

This is a groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings. It is the first volume in a projected six-volume series that will take a new multidisciplinary approach in showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. The Golden Lands is devoted to Southeast Asia. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures.

Rail Ideas: Visions For The Rail CorridorRail Ideas: Visions For The Rail Corridor by Tan Beng Kiang (Ed.)

Never in the history of Singapore has the local community been presented with a piece of land encompassing the unique characteristics of the former KTM railway lands, now called the Rail Corridor. Its return to Singapore in 2011 generated a lot of public interest even as the last trains departed from Tanjong Pagar station. This land exhibits an exceptional combination of heritage, social, environmental, educational and spatial-physical functions. The Community Design Studio of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore explores the multi-faceted nature of this contiguous linear space and investigates the role of this space in engendering the emergence of a new social compact between state and citizens. This book presents the research in a series of mappings, essays, photographs and design ideas.

Black And White: The Singapore House 1898-1941 (Updated)Black And White: The Singapore House 1898-1941 (Updated) by Davison, Julian

The unique Black and White house in Singapore is the most distinctive and imposing of the island's colonial architectural legacy. Surviving examples are testament to their physical and aesthetic durability - a unique tropical style with a colourful pedigree of architectural influences. In this updated edition, an additional chapter on residential life in these extraordinary homes adds depth and added information to an already comprehensive book. The colonials of yesteryear enjoyed a life of undisputed privilege - and even today, many of these beautiful houses continue to serve their original purpose as gracious family homes. Others have been adapted successfully as restaurants, offices and artisan's studios. Researched, written and photographed with flair, Black and White traces their evolution through the architects and practices that designed them - houses as relevant today as when they first appeared over 100 years ago.

Sthapatyakam: The Architecture Of CambodiaSthapatyakam: The Architecture Of Cambodia by

This magazine pamphlet features seven essays about Cambodian architecture, as well as a student response to what Cambodian architecture means to them. Featuring topics from low-cost housing in Phnom Penh to the relocation of citizens to Borei Keila, the guide is helpful for those studying the culture of this country, and for architects with a vested interest in heritage development.

Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee's: Shen Zhi Jia Shu And Hai Ji ZhanKapitan Chung Keng Kwee's: Shen Zhi Jia Shu And Hai Ji Zhan by Tan Yeow Wooi

One of the most remarkable personalities of nineteenth century Malaya, Chung Keng Kwee - millionaire philanthropist, tin mining pioneer, political leader, founder of Taiping - left an indelible contribution to Penang's cultural heritage. He commissioned two adjacent buildings, the magnificent ancestral hall Shen Zhi Jia Shu and the prestigious family mansion Hai Ji Zhan, that stand today as a lasting testimony to another age. This innovative and beautifully-illustrated book offers a unique insight into Chung's life and how it found expression in the splendour of his architectural creations.

Wild ConcreteWild Concrete by Jacquet-Lagreze, Romain

Wild Concrete is a series about resilience of nature in an urban environment. Focusing solely on the phenomena of trees sprouting from residential buildings in the busy districts of Hong Kong, Wild Concrete compares the living conditions between plants and humans both growing in a harsh surroundings. In pursuit of a small patch of blue sky in the vertical city of Hong Kong, Romain looked up to the skyscrapers and developed the Vertical Horizon series. Returning with Wild Concrete, Romain has continued with his fla nerie through the same concrete jungle.