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The photo is from Melbourne architect Huyen Bui's recent trip to Kyoto. This passageway is four km long and leads to the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

asia

architecture asia - internet portal to asian architecture and construction resources. [01.05]

burma

alex sievers - beautiful set of photos taken all over Burma during a monsoon season.
myanmar photo album - more images from around burma.

cambodia
investigations of angkor architecture - a large japanese photo archive, focussing on banteay chmar, prasat torp and bayon. [01.05]

china

cave dwelling - 40 million people live in caves in Northern China. The caves are either set into cliffs or dug into courtyards. This link should take you to the middle of an article - where the architecture is discussed. (China Travel Watch) [01.05]

east timor
architecture at ground zero - 2000 report on the aid work of australian architects and urban designer in a freshly liberated East Timor. [01.05]

india

architecture of india - a japanese architect's photo site - some very good ones too. Only the photo captions are in english at the moment. [01.05]
lessons from past disasters go unheeded - the indian earthquake (Guardian, Jan 2001)
nek chand - the indian public transport worker who built a secret world behind his home in Chandigarh. When the government found his gardens, they paid him and gave hime a workforce of 50 to continue. Here's a photo gallery too. [0502]
the ship breakers - an article on the ship graveyard in Alang on the Gulf of Cambay (Atlantic, Aug 2000)
vaastu shashtra - the traditional indian system of architectural design. This site offers a detailed and good description.

malaysia
Mahathir leaves mark on skyline
Malaysia. Locals having trouble recognising their surroundings.
(BBC 30.10.03)

japan
a-works - a small yet interesting site based in Japan - good events information.
dezain - a busy japanese news site with lots of news links and a photo gallery. [07/05]
URL square - feel like getting lost in a sea of japanese architect hompages? Then this is the links site for you. The links are in english but few of the sites are.

NEWS: Japan's traditions aren't lost, they're buried
Re: book review of Alex Kerr's 'Dogs and Demons', japan's investment in unnecessary public architecture, manga + massive.
(Japan Times 27.05.01)

NEWS: Miyadaiku' carpenter laments loss of traditional knowledge
Re: Japan, loss of traditional building skills, profile of one builder declared a national asset.
(Japan Times 03.06.01)

kyoto
kyoto - a breathing space - an article with sketches about Kyoto teahouses and temples and the way the interiors extend into the landscape.(Archrecord2)
tokyo

edo tokyo museum - this museum now has an open air architecture museum adjacent. Basic info at this site.
super shibuya - sexy site into things graphic - includes a special photo section with dayglo shibuya billboards and buildings. This article describes the 'Architecture in Tokyo' exhibition running until Jan 2002.

SAIGON NOW
vietnam -
take a tour of Saigon's recent built form at this fat and fine site.
VIETTOUCH
vietnam
saigon zoo : Beauty and the Beast: The Subtropical Architecture of Possession - a loudpaper article about the panoptical qualities of this zoo.
viettouch architecture - a good photographic resource for traditional and contemporary Saigon architecture, and a lot more besides. And there is some commentary, a DCM building is labelled "gloomy" which I suppose it is next to some very colourful neighbours.
waseda university - photo archive of the champa ruins [you don't need to install the japanese language module to see this page].

middle east / israel

archnet - very good islamic architecture portal with searchable photo database, partly put together by MIT ex dean of architecture William Mitchell.[01/03]

01.05.03 Click on the photo at this Egyptian article and you might assume that downtown Baghdad in the 1960s contained many circular buildings and red double decker buses. The other photos from the 1980s and 2003 tell a different story. Al-Ahram

11.03.03 If the U.S. does use the "SHOCK AND AWE" strategy to bombard Baghdad next week, these buildings and their inhabitants may not stand for long. ARCHNET DIGITAL LIBRARY: 1980s BAGHDAD ARCHITECTURE.

11.03.03 The Design writer for the San Francisco Chronicle recently profiled the Aga Khan awards and speculated on the upcoming loss of historic buildings in Baghdad. LINK TO ARTICLE. He was promptly accused of being anti-american. LINK.

Baghdad Battle Uncharted Territory; Expect Blood
Re: Iraq."The last time an invading army tried to capture a city the size of Baghdad, more than 120,000 Soviet soldiers and Germans were left dead in the streets of Berlin."
(REUTERS 02.04.03)

iraq

Iraq's Cultural Capital - See the architecture under threat.(NY Times 05.01.03) Rego required

israel
AIQ - Architrecture Israel Quarterly. Many article available to download form this site. Does not seem to have been updated for a while.[11/02]
archijob - this link should bring up an english language menu - site is affiliated with autodesk. Architect and student work onsite.
Encounters: The Vernacular Paradox of Israeli Architecture - an online architecture exhibition from 1999.

Debate Builds Over the Politics of Israeli Architecture
Re: Israel. Michael Sorkin elbows into the debate on the settlements with an upcoming book.
(FORWARD 25.10.02)
The Politics of Israeli Architecture?
Re: Israel. More on “A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture”. Not much new to say, nevertheless it's interesting to see the matter reported in this mag. (ADBUSTERS 11.02)
Are Politics Built Into Architecture?
Re: Israel. Turmoil within the architecture association after exhibition vetoed. (NY Times 10.08.02) Registration Required

Professionals in Israel
Re: Israel. Israel Association of United Architects bans exhibition criticising west bank settlements. (Open Democracy 07.07.02)


africa
kmtspace - great african site with profiles and photos of many african and international architects - sections on constructivism, the New York Five and a lot more.

south africa
news Ethno-kitsch isn't enough for African casino - a tour of the lastest in south african themed casinos. "Montecasino has built its own little Tuscan village, complete with underwear on the washing lines and a gentle stream encircling the slots area, under a pretend sky". (Independent / Star 1/01)

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