East Asia Modern
Shaping the Contemporary City
By (author) Peter G. Rowe
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East Asia Modern by Peter G. Rowe
Book DescriptionEast Asia today is a hotbed of urban expansion. Cities such as Singapore, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai are expanding at a prodigious rate, and this ongoing process of expansion and modernization is bringing rapid and widespread change to this part of the globe. Peter G. Rowe's "East Asia Modern" is a timely comparative study of urban expansion in the region, examining the processes by which new city building has taken place in recent years. The author, well known in the field of East Asian architecture and urbanism, focuses on how the modernizing process might most usefully be understood, especially with regard to building processes and projects; and how that understanding differs from other modernizing circumstances. He explains what modernization has meant for the general cultural diffusion of largely Western, ideas, how East Asian urban regions have developed their own distinct kind of modernity, and also what lessons can be learned from the contemporary East Asian experience. The book also provides a historical assessment of the region, showing how cities have developed over the last century and setting into context their individual paths towards modernization. "East Asia Modern" refutes many of the common misconceptions about life in modern East Asia, and provides a readable, critical assessment of the cities of the region, while also pointing to possible ways forward for the future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861892492
(210mm x 148mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter G. Rowe
Moshe Safdie I, Hardback (July 2007)
Features the projects of an architect including his seminal Habitat project for the Canadian Expo '67, the National Gallery of Canada, Hebrew Union College and the restoration of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem; the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center in Los Angeles; and housing in the USA and Southeast Asia.
Shanghai, Hardback (September 2004)
This title provides an architectural view of Shanghai.
Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China, Paperback (April 2004)
A study of traditional and modernist attitudes toward architecture in China from the 1840s to the present.
Civic Realism, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Peter G. Rowe
A study of the shape and appearance of civic places and the social, political, and cultural circumstances that bring them into existence.
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Author Biography - Peter G. Rowe
Peter G. Rowe is Professor and former Dean of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He is the author of a number of books including Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China (2002, with Seng Kuan) and Modernity and Housing (1993).
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