Theses Doctoral

At the Crossroads of Japanese Modernism and Colonialism: Architecture and Urban Space in Manchuria, 1900-1945 岐路に立つモダニズムとコロニアリズムの錯綜:20世紀前半の満洲の建築と都市空間

Yang, Yu

This is a study of the unexplored layers of the Japanese practice of urban planning and architecture in urban Manchuria (current northeast China) during the first half of the twentieth century. I reframe my examination within a broader context of international imperialism and Japanese reception of modern architecture during the first half of the twentieth century and argue that the dynamic interactions among the Japanese, Russian, and Chinese politicians and architects mutually shaped the international cityscapes in Manchuria. Moreover, I examine Japanese architects’ writings and buildings to illustrate how they regulated the indigenous and former colonial spaces and constructed a modern living space in Manchuria through the development of residential houses.



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Academic Units
Art History and Archaeology
Thesis Advisors
Reynolds, Jonathan M.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
October 10, 2018