5:15pm EDT October 16, 2018

Jiat-Hwee Chang: A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture

In this lecture, Jiat-Hwee Chang, associate professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore will argue that tropical architecture was inextricably entangled with the socio-cultural constructions of tropical nature, and the politics of colonial governance and postcolonial development in the British colonial and post-colonial networks.

Jiat-Hwee Chang (PhD, UC Berkeley) is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, where he is also the leader of the history, theory and criticism cluster. Jiat-Hwee is the author of A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience (2016), which is awarded an International Planning History Society (IPHS) Book Prize 2018, and shortlisted for the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Humanities Book Prize 2017. He is also co-editor (with William S. W. Lim) of Non West Modernist Past (2011) and (with Imran Tajudeen) of Southeast Asia’s Modern Architecture: Questions in Translation, Epistemology and Power (2018). Currently Jiat-Hwee is a Canadian Centre for Architecture/Mellon Foundation Researcher 2017-19, researching the transnational history of air-conditioning, built environment and thermal governance in Asia.