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Building Cambodia: 'New Khmer Architecture' 1953-1970

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Within two years of Cambodia's independence in 1953, King Norodom Sihanouk had abdicated and was embarking in an unprecedented public construction boom that would last a decade and a half before going bust in an American-backed coup in 1970.

The rapid urban and rural development that preceded Norodom Sihanouk's overthrow ranged from ambitious infrastructure projects to enti
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Hardcover, 334 pages
Published 2006 by The Key Publisher Company Limited, Bangkok
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“There is no greater motor for architecture than religious fervor. Ancient examples include the Inca, Aztec Egyptian civilizations. In more recent times, Christianity gave rise to the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the European middle ages and Islam produced the wonders of the Ottoman Empire.” 2 likes
“In the absence of centralized decision-making, Hebrard's town plans for Indochina had no equivalent in France itself. This is because territorial development can only be thought out and implemented when political power is strong and decisions are in few hands, as was the case during the French colonial period.” 2 likes
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