Designing Emerging Markets: A Quantitative History of Architectural Globalisation

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This book offers a unique glance into the process of globalisation of the architectural practice during the last three decades through the lenses of innovative methodologies in architectural history based on quantitative data. Focusing on the golden age of globalisation (1990-2019), it investigates the transnational work of more than one thousand architectural firms of different business models from Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific in a broad sample of emerging markets: Mainland China, South-East Asia, India, the Persian Gulf, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan, and Latin America. In the book, different thematic geographies are presented to explore the global scope of the contemporary profession, examine significant projects and the structural conditions behind them, and reveal the debates that such works generated. Understanding the global agency of design firms in emerging markets also becomes a way to study different market conditions, modes of production, and architectural trends comparatively and to highlight the shifts that occurred in the profession over the last few decades. The use of quantitative methodologies produces a novel and updated narrative on contemporary architecture in emerging markets grounded in quantitative data rather than in preassumptions and purely qualitative interpretations. Richly illustrated, this book is further enhanced by an ample set of maps, graphs, and tables to visualise data better.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages543
ISBN (Electronic)9789819915521
ISBN (Print)9789819915514
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Architecture of Globalisation
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • World History
  • History of Architecture
  • Quantitative History

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Engineering


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