EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE IN ASIA

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  • Additional information on all of the buildings discussed in this article is available at my Web site, [http://www.greatmirror.com].

abstract.

In this article I draw attention to the galaxy of European buildings built over the last five centuries in Asia. I show how quickly and accurately European styles of the day were adopted in Asia, whether that style was Renaissance, Neoclassical, Gothic, Idiosyncratic Revivalist, or Modern. I argue that recent attention in Asia to architectural and urban preservation is itself of European origin. Although I suggest in conclusion that this architectural galaxy is part of an overwhelmingly one-sided process of globalization, my primary focus remains on the buildings themselves as the residue of one culture diffusing across distant domains.

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