Yangon: Architectural Guide (英語) Perfect – 2016/1/1
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Architectural Guide Yangon presents around one hundred memorable buildings from Myanmars historical capital. Following decades of international isolation, the citys vast heritage remains largely, surprisingly and spectacularly intact. Rangoon as it was known under the British was a melting pot of British India. Vivid traces of this legacy are everywhere, especially in the citys Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim houses of worship that often stand side by side, down town, in Yangons tightly-gridded streets. Since the countrys independence from the British in 1948, successive authoritarian regimes have also stamped the cityscape with their legacies. Today Yangon is a bustling and busy city in flux, at the frontier of Myanmars rapid opening to the wider world. Yangons urban fabric deserves a systematic guide that nourishes every visitor and residents shared fascination for the city and its history, offering countless anecdotes and notes on architectural detail.
Ben Bansal is a writer and economist who has worked on Myanmar-related projects for several years.
Yangon's rich, multifaceted history is reflected in an incredibly diverse built environment. While other guides highlight colonial heritage buildings, this book presents a more balanced collection, devoting several entries to post-independence modernist structures which stand as artifacts of an often overlooked period in the country's post-colonial history.
Due a half-century of isolationism, the histories of many of the featured buildings are not widely available in English. As a student studying the city's architecture the book proved indispensable. Architectural Guide: Yangon consolidates facts and dates difficult to find through other means, and the interviews conducted by the authors provide anecdotal information unavailable anywhere else.