The history of architecture in Sarawak before Malaysia

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While the Malaysian state of Sarawak has a rich history of architecture and settlements going back to the Stone Age, The Architecture of Sarawak Before Malaysia is the first comprehensive history of the architecture and settlements of the state. Like other states in Malaysia, the region now known as Sarawak has had a complex social, cultural and political history. The state has been influenced by a unique combination of many different groups with many distinct and different voices interacting with each other in different ways. Architecture in Sarawak cannot be separated from political, cultural, geographical, social and economic factors. While this book searches for the origins of the state’s architecture, it also explores the effect of the changing relationships between Sarawak’s groups and sub-groups, including locals, migrants and colonials, on the creation of architecture and settlements. This includes the backgrounds of the ideas behind pre-modern and modern building types, architecture, materials, construction and settlements, and how these ideas changed over time. This book also considers the groups and individuals that were involved in designing, acquiring and constructing the state’s architecture and settlements, regardless of whether or not they were formally trained architects or builders. It aims to reconstruct a picture of architecture and settlement patterns from the period of earliest known physical evidence (about two millennia ago), although the focus is from 1800 to 1963, when Malaysia was formed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMalaysia
PublisherPertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects)
Number of pages220
ISBN (Print)9789671600306
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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