While the South Pacific is justly famed for its white beaches and warm oceans, it is also home to some of the world’s most striking architecture, found in a dynamic region of beauty housing vibrant communities with rich artistic cultures that have attracted travellers, artists and writers for centuries. Conditioned by the dynamics of its remote location and imported design influences, the architecture is expressive of the emergence of a contemporary South Pacific identity that interweaves the legacies of contrasting worlds.
The rich, sometimes remarkable, imagery presented in the dozens of colour photographs, most of which have never before appeared in print, and the informed and engaging essays offer a new and unique look at the history and culture of the Pacific Islands. Architecture in the South Pacific: The Ocean of Islands offers an enlightening picture to those who are new to the ‘Isles of Paradise’, and to those who wish to discover them afresh through the perspective of exceptional architecture.
Jennifer Taylor is particularly noted for her publications on contemporary Australian, Japanese and South Pacific architecture. She is an Australian by birth but has spent much of her life in Europe, America and Asia. She graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, and has taught in many architectural schools throughout the world. She was appointed to the University of Sydney 1970–98, and the Queensland University of Technology 1999. Taylor has been the recipient of various national and international awards for her contributions to the discipline of architecture through education and criticism, and through the furthering of the relationships between the cultures and the architecture of Asia and Oceania.
James Conner is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the University of Edinburgh where he worked with the Planning Research Unit while writing his Ph.D. His major field of research interest has been in urban design and planning, and he extended these studies with an appointment in 1968 to the National Capital Development Commission in Canberra. In 1978 he joined the University of Sydney in the Planning Department and later as Director of the Planning Research Centre. Conner has travelled widely through Asia and the Pacific and worked with Jennifer Taylor on the 2003 publication, The Architecture of
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