PORPHANT OUYYANONT. (1999). Physical and Economic Change in Bangkok,1851-1925. 東南アジア研究 / 京都大学東南アジア研究所 編. 36, 437-474. This paper gives a detailed overview of the road construction in Bangkok. The paper covers a spectrum of things happening in  Bangkok like national economy, population growth, …

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Richard Kaufmann could be said as the person who brought the idea of Garden Neighborhoods into Jerusalem’s new residential districts’ design. The German-Jewish architect was greatly influenced by Ebeneezer Howard’s Garden City ideas during his study in Munich, and in …

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By the mid-20th century, the pearl trade, once a major industry in Abu Dhabi, had declined because of the 1930s economic crisis. The discovery of oil in 1958 began Abu Dhabi’s urban development. Sheikh Shakhbut, previously mentioned in the post “The Underdeveloped Years …

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Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture -by Ahmad Hamid The book dissected Fathy’s ideology and work in details. Besides introducing his work in a general way, the author also talked about Fathy’s view and definition on sustainability, …

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  Globalization and the Search for Modern Local Architecture: Learning from Baghdad  by Hoshiar Nooraddin in Planning Middle Eastern Cities: An Urban Kaleidoscope in a Globalizing World   This chapter has the most comprehensive description on the political and social …

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Besides the economic and environmental benefits brought to the neighbouring regions, the Cheonggyecheon restoration project has also introduced a series of public spaces together with the linear park along the stream. Cultural life has also been incorporated to promote Cheonggyecheon …

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Book. Wong, T., & Yap, L. (2004). Four decades of transformation: land use in Singapore, 1960-2000. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press. Spatial modernization in Singapore is a consequence of innovation development and modernism resulting from pursuits for economic survival in the post-independence …

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Mentioned in one of the previous posts, the Urban Renaissance Master Plan for Downtown Seoul includes an extensive network topographically growing from the Cheonggyecheon restoration project, launched by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2007. It includes 4 themed corridors crossing …

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In the previous post, one mentioned the role of city governor Ronald Storrs at the Mandate onset, who cultivated ideas for conserving the Holy image of Jerusalem that was lost in the Ottoman rule (Mazza, 2009). In 1918, Storrs released …

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