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Asian Interior Design
Author: Jaume J. Nasple and Kyoko Asakura
Publisher: te Neues Publishing Company
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A heavily illustrated journey through remarkable interiors in India, China, Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong, where modernity coexists with tradition.

Space : Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living
Author: Michael Freeman
Publisher: Universe Publishing
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic exploration of Japanese architecture and design in size-constricted areas, exploring imaginative, ingenious, and revolutionary solutions to space-compromised living that blends cultural traditions in a modern approach.

Neon Tigers. Photographs of Asian Megacities
Author: Peter Bialobrzeski
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski was awarded first prize in the "Art" category at the prestigious World Press Photo Awards in 2003. In Neon Tigers, he merges the seven Asian cities of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jakarta, Singapore, and Shenzhen into a virtual megatropolis. His photos present an image of a world that no longer seems real but appears instead as a series of dream-images of an eccentric film architect or computer-game producer. Their references to reality evoke a sense of conflict in the viewer, as appreciation for the beauty of the absurd competes with recognition of an irreversible process of change in urban living space. They expose two different growth models: unscrupulous, uncontrolled expansion, as in Bangkok, and totally controlled, yet equally unscrupulous growth in a city like Shanghai.

East Asia Modern: Shaping the Contemporary City
Author: Peter G. Rowe
Publisher: Reaktion Books Ltd
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This is a comparative study of urban expansion in the region, examining the processes by which new city building has taken place in recent years. The author, well known in the field of East Asian architecture and urbanism, focuses on how the modernizing process might most usefully be understood, especially with regard to building processes and projects; and how that understanding differs from other modernizing circumstances. He explains what modernization has meant for the general cultural diffusion of largely Western, ideas, how East Asian urban regions have developed their own distinct kind of modernity, and also what lessons can be learned from the contemporary East Asian experience. The book also provides a historical assessment of the region, showing how cities have developed over the last century and setting into context their individual paths towards modernization. East Asia Modern refutes many of the common misconceptions about life in modern East Asia, and provides a readable, critical assessment of the cities of the region, while also pointing to possible ways forward for the future.

Living in Sri Lanka
Author: James Fennell
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $32.00
ArchitectureWeek— A subtle portrait of Sri Lanka's old and modern architecture. The homes, gardens and hotels are illustrated with over 200 specially commissioned color photographs of their interiors and the landscapes that surround them. This book points the way to understanding the key to homes and interiors that are in harmony with their environment.

The Guide to the Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent
Author: Annabel Lopez
Publisher: Architecture Autonomous
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This guidebook introduces the architecture of the Indian subcontinent including Bangladesh in great detal, revealing a great architectural culture that is richly different from that in Japan, Europe, and America. It gives the armchair traveler a visual feast with a large number of photographs, which will transport the reader to the site without having to actually travel to these magnificent but far-flung monuments. Indian architecture through the ages is included, from ancient times to the present day, along with Islamic architecture and Colonial style architecture during the British rule. Important buildings are illustrated with many phtographs of the exteriors and interiors.

Princely Rajasthan : Rajput Palaces and Mansions
Author: George Mitchell
Publisher: Vendome Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Princely Rajasthan traces the evolution of palace architecture in Rajasthan from the 16th to the early 20th century. Antonio Martinelli's photographs bring to life the settings of the palaces, their architectural features and murals, and the royal collections of paintings, furniture, palanquins, and armor. George Michell trained as an architect and has a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology. He has published numerous books on Islamic and Indian architecture.

Housing and Urbanisation
Author: Charles Correa
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 1999
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ArchitectureWeek— This is a retrospective of 40 years of designing public housing and complete townships in the author's native India.

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