I still remember purchasing Mades Wijaya's
1983 book, Balinese Architecture: Towards an Encyclopedia.
The book was comprised of large photocopied sheets containing sketches,
typed fonts, and scrawled notes by its author bound in a big, black,
hand-made hard cover. The pictures illustrating the book were either
black and white photocopies or the occasional actual color photo,
printed at the corner shop, and then glued inside the book. This undeniably
interesting tome was a photo album cum scratch book that managed to
give new meaning to a "work in progress."
Thusly, 20 years in the making and just published by Editions Didier
Millet & Wijaya Words, as Balinese Architecture: A Source Books of Traditional
and Modern Forms, Made Wijaya's latest book is destined
to become the definitive compendium on Balinese building design.
With over 360 illustrations, the book offers the authoritative view of the
design protocols of a traditional Balinese village, the buildings process,
the layout of a Balinese community compound, and the range of materials used.
It also offers a fairly exhaustive review of ornamentation, both the "real
thing" and the "Baliwannabee-ism" that pervades in
so many local hotels and resorts.
Made Wijaya, also known as Michael White, literally first
floated ashore in Bali 1973 after jumping overboard from a passing
yacht. In the intervening 30 years, he has championed Balinese garden
and architectural designs, both in Bali and in various projects around
the globe. When he's not designing a house or garden for a member
of the glitterati, he's busy chronicling the cultural life of the
island in Poleng - his private circulation arts magazine
or at his website strangerinparadise.com.
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