This lecture offers a global architectural history of teahouses. Starting with Chinese tea culture, the lecture will specifically focus on the development of the Japanese tea ceremony and its architectural setting. The lecture will then consider the teahouse in the global context from the seventeenth century onward. We will specifically focus on the emergence of the British tearooms and tea gardens, which will be explained in the context of the hegemonic colonial presence of Europeans across the globe and the formation of new social classes.
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