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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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Court and Dwelling in East and Southeast Asia

Court and Dwelling in East and Southeast Asia

(p.208) 14 Court and Dwelling in East and Southeast Asia
Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the architecture of East and Southeast Asia from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The Chinese architectural system had an enormous impact on the architecture of neighboring countries. These countries, however, developed their own architectural solutions by modulating Chinese and other outside paradigms to suit their own purposes. Chinese and other outside influences were fused with local building cultures as seen in the palaces, temples, and houses of Korea, Tibet, Thailand, and Sumatra. Dwellings also balanced indigenous precedents and conditions with an awareness of the world beyond. Even the arrival colonialism failed to significantly erode distinctive vernacular architectures, which, although challenged by recent changes in construction technology and social patterns, continued to supply a strong sense of identity even to those members of the community who no longer lived in them.

Keywords:   East Asia architecture, Southeast Asia architecture, China, Chinese architectural system, Forbidden City, palaces, temples, houses, vernacular architecture

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