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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.
Sacred Geometry: The Architecture of Early India Study Guide
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College
Bakong Temple and Sacred Mountains & Landscapes in Khmer Architecture Study Guide
Mark Jarzombek, MIT
East Asian Architecture in the 5th - 10th Centuries Study Guide
Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania
Revisiting Svayambhunath and Other Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley after the Earthquakes of 2015 Study Guide
Alexander von Rospatt, UC Berkeley
Seen and Not Seen: The Architecture of the Shinto Shrines of Ise Study Guide
Jonathan Reynolds, Columbia University
Capturing Paradise: Gardens and Architecture in East Asia Study Guide
Tracy Miller, Vanderbilt University
Houses For Kings and Divine Beings: The Palaces and Temples of Thailand Study Guide
Pat Chiripravati, Sacramento State University
Japanese Contemporary Architecture Study Guide
Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington
Northern vs. Southern Deccan: Gates, Gunpowder, and the Chalukya Legacy Study Guide
Richard Eaton, University of Arizona
An Emperor’s Private Paradise: The Sumptuous Garden Designed By the Qianlong Emperor for His Quiet, Personal Reflection Study Guide
Nancy Berliner, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells Study Guide
Victoria Lautman, Journalist
Architecture of the Mughals: Power, Piety and Pleasure Study Guide
Catherine Asher, University of Minnesota
Islamic Architecture: Miracles of Structure, Space and Surface Study Guide
Henry Matthews, Washington State University
I.M. Pei, W. Gropius & Japanese Architecture
Seng Kuan, University of Tokyo / Harvard Graduate School of Design Study Guide
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