Making a Home: Architectural features

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Families in Asia
EditorsStella Quah
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages529
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-71546-1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2015


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