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East Asia Modern

Shaping the Contemporary City

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East Asia Modern

Shaping the Contemporary City

An exciting explosion of urban expansion is occurring in East Asia: cities such as Singapore, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai are expanding at a prodigious rate and bringing widespread change to the region. Peter G. Rowe’s East Asia Modern is a timely comparative analysis of urban growth in this rapidly evolving part of the globe.

A renowned scholar on East Asian architecture and urbanism, Peter G. Rowe examines how the unique modernizing process of East Asian cities can be most usefully understood. Rowe offers a historical assessment of the region, chronicling the cities’ development over the last century and setting into context their individual paths toward becoming modern. Rowe explains what the modernizing process has meant for the cultural diffusion of predominantly Western ideas, how East Asian urban regions have developed a distinct type of modernity, and what lessons can be gleaned from the contemporary East Asian experience. Refuting many common misconceptions about contemporary East Asian life, East Asia Modern offers a readable critical assessment of life in modern East Asia while also pointing to possibilities for the future.

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224 pages | 65 halftones | 5.82 x 8.25 | © 2005

Architecture: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Architecture


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Table of Contents

1   Introduction
2   Relationship and Urbanizing Trajectories
3   Outside Influences and Urban Patterns
4   Urban Forms and Local Expressions
5   Urban Experience and Shaping the Space
     of a Time
    
     References
     Bibliography
     Acknowledgements
     Photo Acknowledgements
     Index
 
 

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