Arts of Asia Spring 2019 - The Architecture of Asia: From Baghdad to Beijing, Kabul to Kyoto, and Tehran to Tokyo

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Borobudur, Indonesia and Bird's Nest, Beijing National Stadium, Beijing

Arts of Asia Spring 2019 - The Architecture of Asia: From Baghdad to Beijing, Kabul to Kyoto, and Tehran to Tokyo

Instructor: 
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker
When: 
April 26, 2019
Time: 
Fridays, January 25 to April 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Place: 
UC Hastings, Snodgrass Hall, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco
Fee: 
$175 Society members; $200 non-members for the series. $20 per lecture drop in fee, subject to availability.


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Join us as we explore the architecture of Asia and how geography, technology, cultures and beliefs are reflected in Asia’s built environment of gardens, palaces, temples and tombs.  The architecture of Asia reflects the religious, cultural and social values of the people who ruled, built, and worshipped over the millennia.

Our roster of distinguished scholars will examine ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary Asian architecture while offering insights into what “globalism” meant in the past and what it means today.

Architectural monuments will include the great Buddhist sites of India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand; Mughal and Islamic mosques, tombs and gardens of Indian and the Near East; Japanese Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples and gardens; the extraordinary and unique stepwells of India; the Chinese classical palace and gardens of the Qianlong Emperor; and the contemporary works of the celebrated architect,  I.M. Pei.

January 25
The Circle and the Square: The Significance of Geometry and Geomancy in the Early Architecture of India
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College

February 1
Bakong Temple and Sacred Mountains & Landscapes in Khmer Architecture
Mark Jarzombek, MIT

February 8
The 5th to 10th Centuries in East Asian Architecture: China, Korea, Japan
Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania

February 15
Swayambhunath Stupa & Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley
Alexander von Rospatt, UC Berkeley

February 22
Seen and Not Seen: The Architecture of the Shinto Shrines of Ise
Jonathan Reynolds, Columbia University

March 1
Capturing Paradise: Gardens and Architecture in East Asia
Tracy Miller, Vanderbilt University

March 8
Houses For Kings and Divine Beings: The Palaces and Temples of Thailand
Pat Chiripravati, Sacramento State University

March 15
Japanese Contemporary Architecture
Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington

March 22
Deccan Architecture
Richard Eaton, University of Arizona

March 29
An Emperor’s Private Paradise: The Sumptuous Garden Designed By the Qianlong Emperor for His Quiet, Personal Reflection
Nancy Berliner, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

April 5
Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells
Victoria Lautman, Journalist

April 12
Mughal Architecture
Catherine Asher, University of Minnesota

April 19
Islamic Architecture: Miracles of Structure, Space and Surface
Henry Matthews, Washington State University

April 26
I.M. Pei, W. Gropius & Japanese Architecture
Seng Kuan, Harvard Graduate School of Design