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Japan-ness in Architecture
Author: Arata Isozaki
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $24.28
ArchitectureWeek— Japanese architect Arata Isozaki sees buildings not as objects but as events that encompass the social and historical context texts to be interpreted and reread continually. He identifies what is essentially Japanese in architecture from the 7th to the 20th century and analyzes the struggles of modern Japanese architects to create something uniquely Japanese out of modernity. He wrote these essays combining historical survey, critical analysis, theoretical reflection, and autobiographical account over a period of twenty years.

Author: Pierre Chuvin
Publisher: Flammarion
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A beautifully photographed review of the artistic heritage of architecture and decoration in the Central Asian cities of Samarkand, Boukhara, and Khiva, through mosques, fortresses, and houses.

Art & Architecture of Cambodia (World of Art Series)
Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $12.71
ArchitectureWeek— This original paperback is an essential, authoritative, and up-to-date introduction to the art of Cambodia. It offers a glimpse into a world that continues to challenge travelers. Helen Ibbitson Jessup examines the variety of styles and influences of this rich culture. Many photographs are published here for the first time, including both famous sites - Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear - and those that have, until now, been inaccessible for both geographical and political reasons.

Building Shanghai: The Story of China's Gateway
Author: Edward Denison and Guang Yu Ren
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $80.00
ArchitectureWeek— Shanghai's history and future are celebrated in this book, which examines the evolution of the city's architecture and urban form in order to explain the challenges facing the city today. Some of the most influential colonial architecture in the world, outstanding examples of modernism and art deco, and an exceptional selection of eclectic and vernacular architecture reflect Shanghai's many adopted cultures.

Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China
Author: Peter G. Rowe and Seng Kuan
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of attitudes toward architecture in China since the opening of the Treaty Ports in the 1840s. Central to the discussion are the concepts of ti and yong, or "essence" and "form," defining the proper arrangement of what should be considered modern and essentially Chinese.

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.

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