Modern Architecture in Southeast Asia, an Introduction. Asia, North-South-West-East





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The Asian economy began to rebound in the early 2000s. Cities were, once again, expanding along with the population and industrialization. Architectural projects, after having halted for a few years, were coming back providing new opportunities for Asian practices. Sharing optimism as well as anxieties, Asian architects and scholars were looking forward to the future as well as once again taking a glimpse back at their recent architectural past, roughly from the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century. With this opportunity, they decided to take a moment to reflect on how Asian cities, landscapes, and their architectural heritage were shaped, altered, grown in the process of Asian societies embracing modernity.

How to Cite

Sopandi, S., Yamana, Y., Widodo, J., & Muramatsu, S. (2017). Modern Architecture in Southeast Asia, an Introduction. Asia, North-South-West-East. Docomomo Journal, (57), 4–11.







Author Biographies

Setiadi Sopandi, Pelita Harapan University

(b. Indonesia, 1975). Practicing architect and lecturer based in Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia. He is an Asian Cultural Council Fellow (2016), co-curated the only Indonesian participation in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2014) and co-curated Tropicality: Revisited exhibit in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (2015). He is the co-founder and a member of the board of curators in arsitekturindonesia. org, the first architecture-dedicated archival service in the country. He recently published the biographical monograph Friedrich Silaban (Jakarta, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2017).

Yoshiyuki Yamana, Tokyo University of Science

(b. Japan, 1966). Architecte DPLG., PhD on Art History (University of Paris). Professor at Tokyo University of Science. He is a member of docomomo International, acting as a member of the Advisory Board and vice-president of docomomo Japan. He is also a member of the International Expert committee of UNESCO World Heritage (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the Japan Institute of Architects (JIA) and the Japan Concrete Institute (JCI). He is a voting member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20c) and a board member of ICOMOS Japan. Previously he was a visiting fellow in the National Museum of Western Art. He was the curator of the Japan pavillion at the 15th International Architectura Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2016), awarded with a special mention.

Johannes Widodo, National University of Singapore

(b. Indonesia, 1960). Associate Professor, Director of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock (TTCL) Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia), and Executive Editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture of the National University of Singapore. Co-founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network) and iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture), jury for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, Director of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore, associate member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management, Director of docomomo Macau, advisory board member of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments of the National Heritage Board of Singapore, and executive of the mASEANa (modern ASEAN architecture) project (2015-2020).

Shin Muramatsu, University of Tokyo

(b. Japan, 1954). Professor of the University of Tokyo, PhD. Architectural Historian. Co-founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network) and co-coordinator of the mASEANa (modern ASEAN architecture) project (2016-2020). Authored and edited several books, including Shanghai: City and Architecture (Tokyo, PARCO, 1991), China Addict: Historical Essays on East Asian Architecture (Tokyo, Sakuhinsya, 1991) awarded with the 15th Ohira Masayoshi Prize (1999) and Megacities (Tokyo, the University of Tokyo Press, 2016). He is currently working on Window Phylogenetic, Modern Architectural History on East Asia.


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