Book ID: CBB929239393

A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience (2016)


Chang, Jiat-Hwee (Author)


Publication Date: 2016
Edition Details: Book Series: The architext series
Physical Details: xxviii + 290
Language: English

A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture traces the origins of tropical architecture to nineteenth century British colonial architectural knowledge and practices. It uncovers how systematic knowledge and practices on building and environmental technologies in the tropics were linked to military technologies, medical theories and sanitary practices, and were manifested in colonial building types such as military barracks, hospitals and housing. It also explores the various ways these colonial knowledge and practices shaped post-war techno scientific research and education in climatic design and modern tropical architecture. 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-cultural constructions of tropical nature, and the politics of colonial governance and postcolonial development in the British colonial and post-colonial networks. 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 revises our understanding of colonial built environment. It also provides a new historical framework that significantly bears upon contemporary concerns with climatic design and sustainable architecture. This book is an essential resource for understanding tropical architecture and its various contemporary manifestations. Its in-depth discussion and path breaking insights will be invaluable to specialists, academics, students and practitioners.

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Review McLaren, Brian L. (October 2017) Review of "A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience". Technology and Culture (pp. 1079-1081). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
McDougall, Russell
Brody, Judit
Reynolds, Barrie
Mulvaney, John
Breen, Gavan
Robins, Richard W.
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Iranian Studies
History of Psychology
Environment and History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Cambridge University Press
Left Coast Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Manchester University Press
Cornell University Press
Great Britain, colonies
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Science and society
Science and race
Roth, Walter Edmund
Roth, Henry Ling
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
21st century
Great Britain
Persia (Iran)
United States
Royal Society of London

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