Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism


  • Moritz Henning
  • Sally Below
  • Christian Hiller ARCH+
  • Eduard Kögel studio eduard kögel





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Against the backdrop of the Bauhaus centenary in 2019, Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism examined the history, significance, and future of postcolonial modernism in this region, with partners in four cities – Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Singapore, and Yangon. The project provided a historical perspective on the societal and political upheaval that accompanied the transition to independence after the colonial period in these countries. It also showcased current initiatives in the fields of art, architecture, and science that are committed to the preservation and use of Modernist buildings. In 2020, the project will continue with an exhibition and accompanying program in Berlin.

How to Cite

Henning, M., Below, S., Hiller, C., & Kögel, E. (2021). Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism. Docomomo Journal, (63), 85–88. https://doi.org/10.52200/63.A.SV57ESUX




Author Biographies

Moritz Henning

Architect, independent researcher and writer based in Berlin, Germany. Over the last 20 years he has worked as a freelance project manager for a number of Berlin architectural firms. Beyond this, he develops workshops, discussions, books and magazines and writes for architectural journals. He is particularly interested in the legacy of post-independence architecture in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. www.moritzhenning.de.

Sally Below

Urbanist and curator focusing on urban strategies, architecture, sustainability and society. She advises and supports federal ministries, public and private organizations in ambitious development and cultural projects and collaborates with different partners to implement her own concepts for exhibitions and new forms of exchange about cities. www.sally-below.de.

Christian Hiller, ARCH+

Berlin-based curator and an editor of the ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism. He curated international exhibition projects such as bauhaus.film, Human-Space-Machine. Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus, and Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism. With ARCH+ he curated An Atlas of Commoning and projekt bauhaus.

Eduard Kögel, studio eduard kögel

Studied urban and landscape planning at the University of Kassel and received his doctorate from the Bauhaus University in Weimar. From 1999 to 2004 he taught as Assistant Professor at TU Darmstadt. For over 20 years he has been intensively involved in cultural exchange between Europe and Asia. www.eduardkoegel.de.


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