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Part 1 of this volume consists of five chapters that examine broader issues of conservation principles and approaches in historic cities of Asia. The contributions discuss various perspectives ranging from critiques of current conservation policies regarding local heritage conservation to recent trends of rapid and unplanned development of historic quarters in Asian cities. The case studies in Part 2 of this volume contextualise current debates on the role of community engagement to conserve historic urban quarters and examine diverse contexts across Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines.


The shophouse typology is a quintessential urban vernacular form in Southeast Asia. It is an ubiquitous architectural form that have assumed diverse appearances and meanings. This anthology of essays attempts to shed contemporary understanding of this social form and architectural typology, drawing upon recent works of scholars, conservators and practitioners. The generous support of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation enabled the first symposium on this subject in 2012. The ten core essays from the proceeding, supported by eight more carefully solicited essays, provided invaluable comparative details, enriching further the original anthology.


A Kauman village is usually located on the west side of a town square with a mosque adjacent to the square, Some etymologists assume the name "Kauman" is an abbreviation of "kaum iman" meaning "faithful/ pious people.

These guidelines were drafted by the participants from UM. NUS UII during UM-NUS-UII Architectural Conservation Field School 2018 at Kauman, Yogyakarta from July 10 to August 1, 2018


This volume investigates the historic and ethnographic accounts of the ongoing religious contestations over the status of the Mahābodhi Temple complex in Bodhgayā (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002) and its surrounding landscape to critically analyse the working and construction of sacredness. It endeavours to make a ground-up assessment of ways in which human participants in the past and present respond to and interact with the Mahābodhi Temple and its surroundings.

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