Power, Identity, and the Rise of Modern Architecture: from Siam to Thailand

Power, Identity, and the Rise of Modern Architecture: from Siam to Thailand Author Koompong Noobanjong
ISBN-10 1581122012
ISBN-13 9781581122015
Year 2003-10-15
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Dissertation.Com.
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Modern architecture is a creation of the West In a non Western context it normally reflects a direct intervention of Western powers through colonization Thailand formerly known as Siam is an exception Thai people have argued that they adopted and assimilated modern architecture into their unique cultural tradition without being physically colonized The shift toward Western culture and Modernity is evident in 19th and 20th century Thai architecture particularly in the capitol city of Bangkok Major public buildings signify the country s domestic political circumstances its Westernization and Modernization processes in addition to the discourse of colonialism and anti colonialism Many of the best known works resulted in hybrids between European and Siamese design characteristics They hold more importance than simply stylistic developments and in essence show a manifestation of social and political awareness as well as national and cultural identity known as Thainess or khwampenthai This dissertation examines the evolution of Western and Modern architecture in Siam and Thailand It illustrates how various architectural ideas have contributed to the physical design and spatial configuration of places associated with negotiation and allocation of political power which are throne halls parliaments and government and civic structures since the 1850s In order to advance multi cultural and cross cultural studies the buildings are investigated for their social political economic and cultural signification considering the issues of cultural borrowing appropriation and transformation national and cultural identity socio political authority as well as the native s resistance and reconciliation to the process of colonization

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