Conference: The Fourth mASEANa International Conference
18th - 20th January 2018, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia
DATE: 18/1/2018
The Fourth mASEANa International Conference — Modern Living in Southeast Asia: between Universality and Locality — was held at the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia, between 18th and 20th January 2018. 

About mASEANa
mASEANa Project is a collaboration platform set up by modern Asian Architecture Network (mAAN, established in 2001) along with Docomomo International and Docomomo Japan (established in 2000).

Inaugurated during its first meeting in Tokyo, 2015, mASEANA Project sets to form a 5-year collaborative platform (until 2020) for researchers working on the documentation, inventory, historiography, as well as preservation of modern Southeast Asian architecture and architects. “mASEANa” stands for “modern ASEAN architecture” with small “m” and small “a” of the 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, and Myanmar).

Following an inventory project conducted in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Vietnam, the 2nd mASEANa was held in Hanoi, 2017, brought up the topic of “pioneers of modern architecture in Southeast Asia”. The third meeting was conducted in Tokyo to strengthen the collaboration and to set up the next steps in Jakarta, 2018.

Theme: Modern Living
The 4th mASEANa conference in Jakarta calls for experiences from Southeast Asian countries on how the everyday life in the region and architecture interacted. The 4th mASEANa conference would like to expand the current knowledge on how modern architectural ideas can suggest a new modern lifestyle to Southeast Asian communities, as well as to know how modern architecture is perceived, adapted and appropriated into various cultural and geographical contexts.

After investigating narratives and figures behind the creation of modernist architectural monuments in previous conferences, mASEANa is now interested on exploring issues related with settlements, housing, and houses developed in Southeast Asia during the 20th century. Due to the region’s cultural diversity and geographical expanse, many transformations of traditional villages and vernacular dwellings due to modern influences might be expected. mASEANa would like to map how particular housing types were developed in accordance to certain policies or political orientations; to research how the importation of specific architectural styles was reflected in the design of houses, as part of the bigger cultural picture happening in specific times; to have a glimpse on Southeast Asian living spaces and interiors, namely how the traditional composition of spaces tends to resist or to accommodate new ideas such as the concept of modern hygiene, privacy, new kinship, family values, etc."

The 4th mASEANa Conference is co-organized by Docomomo Japan, Hayashi Laboratory IIS the University of Tokyo, Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur, and arsitekturindonesia.org.

Schedule: link

Photographic report: Docomomo International Facebook Page