East Asia Modern: Shaping the Contemporary City

Front Cover
Reaktion Books, Aug 15, 2005 - Architecture - 224 pages
0 Reviews
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
Outside Influences and Urban Patterns
Urban Forms and Local Expressions
References
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Peter G. Rowe is professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has authored numerous books, including Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China and Modernity and Housing.

Bibliographic information