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The Past in the Present: Architecture in Indonesia [Hardcover]

By Amanda Acmadi (Author), Maaike Boersma (Author) & Kees van Dijk (Author)
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The concepts of "Indonesian architecture" and "architecture in Indonesia" are both quite difficult to pin down. For the architecture of this small country incorporates influences from many important cultures--from India, China and the Middle East to countries in the West--and is therefore extremely multifaceted. In fact, one might reasonably ask whether a "real" Indonesian architecture actually exists, even with reference to the country's vernacular work, which is highly diverse from an ethnic perspective in and of itself. The quest for an authentic Indonesian architecture has in fact been the subject of debate among architects there for many years, especially in regards to the work has been exported to other countries--in particular, its former colonizer, the Netherlands. (In fact, there is even a name for the hybrid style that originated during that era: Indische).This very nicely designed collection of illustrated essays, which features a special section of pictures and drawings of colonial architecture, provides a real sense of the diversity of building in modern-day Indonesia--while at the same time recognizing that such a perspective cannot be productive without taking history into account. With chapters on Modern Indonesian architecture, vernacular traditions, mosques, the effect of the Chinese diaspora, hybrid historic/contemporary Balinese architecture, the colonial period, Indische architecture and Art Deco and more, this publication provides an amazing overview and a long-overdue investigation of Indische work. Preface by Aaron Betsky.

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Studio: NAi Publishers
Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   2.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   NAi Publishers
ISBN  9056625721  
ISBN13  9789056625726  

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a very good synthesis  Feb 14, 2010
a series of good articles, with different approaches and dealing with different aspects of the subject, actually going well beyond the interaction between the Dutch and the Indonesian architectural traditions and thoughts.
Illustrations are way too small, some articles may be less convincing or informative than others, but this is probably the one book to read on the history of indonesian architecture, along with the introduction of Indonesian architecture now vol. 1 (Imelda Akmal) and Amanda Achmadi's introduction in 25 Tropical Houses in Indonesia.

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