Lecture 12. Modern to Contemporary: 1945-Present

The unconditional surrender of Japan and the end of World-War II marked the beginning of a new world order that has directly shaped the environment that we now live in. The ensuing decades of the Cold War saw the rise of communist China, the division of the Korean peninsula into north and south, the disarmament and democratization of Japan and its re-emergence as an economic powerhouse. Even though the conditions of architectural production among the newly-born nation states in East Asia were widely disparate, their architecture shared certain values and directions. In the new global structure of nation states, the new issues of national identity, tradition and modernity, On the other hand, with the onset of capitalism, the growth of the Asian metropolises and its architecture has become a central of twenty-first century world civilization.

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