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Architectural Theorisations and Phenomena in Asia

The Polychronotypic Jetztzeit


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Theorised Asia

  3. Asianised Theory

  4. Francis Chia-Hui Lin
    Pages 241-245
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-266

About this book


This book is the first overall and detailed discussion of contemporary Asia’s architectural theorisations and phenomena based on its heteroglossic and decolonisation character. Lin presents a theoretical journey of transdisciplinary reflection upon contemporary Asia’s pragmatic phenomena which is methodologically achieved by means of elaborations of how tangible Asian architecture can be philosophically theorised and how interchangeable architectural theory is practically ‘Asianised’. Discussions in the book are critically integrated with comparative studies focused on Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. These empirical examinations are highlights of phenomenal localities, architecture, cities and cultures which reference the historicity of the Asia Pacific, Asia’s contemporary architectural situations, and their subtle relationship with the ‘West’. The schematisation of intended ‘fuzziness’ for Asia and its architecture is framed as the notion polychronotypic jetztzeit to represent a present time-place context of contemporary Asian architecture and urbanism. This book will be of great interest to scholars of Asian Studies, Architectural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Urban Studies and Cultural Studies.


Geography Architecture Critical theory Social theory Asian Studies Philosophy Postcolonial studies China Japan Taiwan Popular Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Culture UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

About the authors

​Francis Chia-Hui Lin is assistant professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. He is an architectural historian, theorist and curator by training with a specialist focus on the postcoloniality of the Asia Pacific region. He is the author of Heteroglossic Asia (2015).

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