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Shophouse / Townhouse: Asian Perspectives

Shophouse / Townhouse: Asian Perspectives


The shophouse typology is a quintessential urban vernacular form in Southeast Asia. It is an ubiquitous architectural form that has assumed diverse appearances and meanings.

Shophouse / Townhouse: Asian Perspectives is an 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.

Shophouse / Townhouse: Asian Perspectives is curated by the School of Design and Environment, Department of Architecture and published by the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore