Asia's Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience, And Change
by Knapp, Ronald G (Ed.)
About This Book
This is the first book to comprehensively review the architectural heritage of common dwellings throughout Asia. While much of Asia's inherited past has been vanishing rapidly, most of Asia's people continue to live in simple, largely rural dwellings that are the product of building practices and forms rooted in tradition.
This collection of 18 essays focusing on 17 Asian countries explores house-building practices across the region, discussing the common building materials, characteristic layouts, and environmental adaptations employed both today and in times past. The authors survey the architectural, environmental, historical and social factors that influence housing for three-fifths of the world's population and discuss the resilience of traditional housing patterns, historic preservation and the ways in which architects and planners rethink and reinvent the past to meet contemporary needs.
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