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A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture - Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience (Paperback): Jiat-hwee Chang

A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture - Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience (Paperback)

Jiat-hwee Chang

Series: Architext

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What is tropical architecture? Instead of assuming it as a "natural" asocial, apolitical and ahistorical entity, this book provides the first thorough account of its formations and transformations historically.


A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture" traces the origins of tropical architecture to eighteenth and early nineteenth century British colonial architectural knowledge and practices. It uncovers how systematic knowledge and practices on environmental technologies in the tropics such as ventilation and sun-shading were linked to military technologies, medical theories, cultural assumptions, and sanitary practices, and were manifested in building types such as military barracks, hospitals and housing.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary scholarships on postcolonial studies, science studies, and environmental history, Jiat-Hwee Chang argues that tropical architecture was inextricably entangled with the socio-historical constructions of tropical nature and the politics of colonial governance and postcolonial development. Drawing its main case studies from Singapore, these case studies are situated in relation to the production, circulation and reception of the knowledge and practices of tropical architecture across different time-spaces in the larger British colonial networks, from Britain to British India, from the West Indies to West Africa.

By bringing to light new historical materials through formidable research and tracing the history of tropical architecture beyond what is widely considered today as its "founding moment" in the mid-twentieth century, this important and original book bears not only upon our understanding of the colonial urban environment but also upon contemporary concerns with sustainable architecture. "


Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Architext
Release date: April 2016
First published: April 2015
Authors: Jiat-hwee Chang
Dimensions: 246 x 174 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 290
ISBN-13: 978-0-415-84078-1
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > General
Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture > Theory of architecture
Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture > Architectural structure & design
LSN: 0-415-84078-3
Barcode: 9780415840781

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