By Vikram Lall
With Editorial direction by Joan Foo Mahony

Over the course of its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has found expression in countless architectural forms, from the great monastic complexes of ancient India to the fortifed dzongs of Bhutan, the rock-carved temple grottoes of China, the wooden shrines of Japan, and the colorful wats of Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Architecture of the Buddhist World, a projected six-volume series by the noted architect and scholar Vikram Lall, represents a new multi-disciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture.

The First volume in the series, The Golden Lands, is devoted to Southeast Asia, home to many of the most spectacular Buddhist monuments. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures. Lall’s concise and accessible text is illustrated throughout with new color photography, as well as 3-D renderings from architectural models that make even the most complex structures easily comprehensible.

The monuments that Lall considers in The Golden Lands range from the modest Bupaya stupa in Bagan, Myanmar to the vast complex of Borobudur in Central Java, the world’s largest Buddhist monument; his achievement is to place them all within a single panorama of history, religion, and artistic innovation.

There is a fascinating relationship between Buddhist thought and its manifestation in the physical world. Vikram Lall looks at the spiritual world of Buddhism through the observant eyes of a designer, and illuminates the wide-ranging ritual origins of Buddhist architecture.
Christopher Choa (London) Architect/Urban Designer

About the Author: Vikram Lall

Vikram Lall is an award-winning architect, lecturer, author, and patron of art & culture. He has more than 25 years of experience in architectural practice and consultancy and is the principal architect and partner of Lall & Associates. The present series of books represents the summation of his twenty-five years of intensive research into Buddhist architecture.

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  • Author: Vikram Lall
  • 1st Edition 2014
    Printed and bound in China
  • Hardcover, 280 pages, 300 full colour illustration
    33.2 × 27.3 × 2.5 cm
    2.5 kg
    ISBN: 978-967-0138-03-9
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