Making a Home: Architectural features

Seo, Kyung Wook (2015) Making a Home: Architectural features. In: Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia. Routledge, London, pp. 461-485. ISBN 978-0-415-71546-1

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In an attempt to highlight the diversity within unity in the southern belt of Asia, this chapter will focus on three countries, Malaysia, Japan, and Korea. Although they are in different developmental phases with different historical backgrounds, they share a common experience of fast economic growth and urbanisation. Excluding city states such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macao, they are ranked higher than other Southeast and East Asian countries in the chart of urban population rate; Japan is ranked first (91.3%), Korea second (83.2%), and Malaysia fourth (72.8%) (United Nations, 2012). These three countries belong to different climatic zones, from tropical to continental, but they all have a hot and humid monsoon season that has influenced the development of elevated dwellings based on piles. Thus, this chapter will show how the traditional domestic culture inside the pile-supported dwelling has been transformed and redefined in the modern era to be accommodated within the contemporary home. More and more, urban dwellings of the world are designed in such a way as to follow the global technological trends and international style of architecture. However, there are some regional wisdoms and indigenous values that are embedded beneath the standardised modern housing structure. In this chapter, we will try to find what has been preserved and what has emerged inside the 21st century Asian homes.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
T300 South Asian studies
T400 Other Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Kyung Wook Seo
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 15:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 22:28

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