Architecture in the South Pacific: The Ocean of Islands

Hardback: $50.00
ISBN-13: 9780824846725
Published: July 2014

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352 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Architecture in the South Pacific: The Ocean of Islands recounts the recent developments of the South Pacific and its fascinating architecture. This volume traces the European architectural overlay onto this scattered group of islands as well as the transition of these same islands towards a regional identity that has been fashioned by the remoteness of each location, the incomparable setting, and the distinctive ethnic mix of its inhabitants.

    A series of themed essays present the story of architectural development in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Samoa and American Samoa, and French Polynesia.

    Recent architecture typifies the evolution of the islands as they have been subjected to the transformative waves of alien trade, religion, colonization, war and tourism, followed by post-colonialism and revived nationalism.

    As with the Pacific region itself, the most prominent characteristic of the architecture is its diversity. The blending of the universal and the local sets the stage for a fresh vision of the South Pacific across a wide range of building types, from spectacular mission churches to sensational resorts in paradise. This book, in full colour, will appeal to architects, armchair-tourists, students and all those for whom the South Pacific is the idyll of their dreams.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Jennifer Taylor, Author

      Jennifer Taylor is an architect, educator, architecture historian, and critic in Australia and internationally.
    • James Conner, Author

      James Conner has considerable experience as an architect, urban designer, planner, and senior administrator.