Written by architectural historians and historians specializing in Asia and European empires, this unique volume addresses the connection between Asia and the world through the lenses of built environments and spatial conceptualizations. Architecturalized Asia will appeal to readers who are interested in Asian architecture, world architecture, Asian history, history of empires, and world history.
H. Hazel Hahn is associate professor of history at Seattle University.
Ken Tadashi Oshima is associate professor of architecture at the University of Washington.
Peter Christensen is research associate at Technische Universität München (TU Munich).
—Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles
"Extending the critique of metageography into new scholarly terrain, these essays probe the construction of Asia and its sub-regions as categories of architectural taxonomy. In the process, they illuminate the surprising extent to which building types have been used as markers of regional civilization in European cartography and geographical writing. A provocative contribution."
—Kären Wigen, co-author of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography
"In late fifteenth-century Europe maps were still being printed in which the three known continents—Europe, Asia and Africa—were allotted to the sons of Noah. Paradise was farthest to the east, and the peripheries of the world were peopled by fantasies from the ancient eastward expeditions of Alexander the Great. As the cartographic description of the world unfolded, new practices of domination and exploitation arose, but so did new adaptations and accommodations, and new forms of cultural awareness. Histories of the forms and spaces of architecture provide unique access to these myriad interactions, and anyone interested in these momentous and ongoing global transformations should read this fine book."
—David Summers, University of Virginia