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Passages in Asian Architecture and Urban Representation

Research group: Lori Gibbs (University of Pennsylvania) Calvin Liang (University of Hong Kong), Gabriel Gee (Tetigroup).

Representing urban and Inter-connected architectural histories in Asia in the 20th century - present

In a century marked by unprecedented urbanisation and the widespread dissemination of architectural ideas and models, the need to understand the mediation through which urban development has been shaped by representational processes appears paramount. In the broad Asian context, interconnected urban and architectural histories faced the contradictory pulls of tradition and modernisation. While historical developments in the 20th century have affirmed the force of ‘global’ interconnedtedness, micro and meso scalar agencies offer a more subtle level on which to study both the transfer of cultural patterns, their reappropriation and the extent to which resilient local endogenous practices could be nurtured. As Asian cities further espoused an industrial turn, followed by a progressive yet rapid insertion within the container economy, how did their inhabitants, their urban planners and architects, but also their poets and artists articulate, negotiate and inflect multi-vectorial/plural influences? Where are the nods through which interconnected architectural histories are being created and articulated?