Dwellings in Southeast Asia are now being designed in a Western style as modern conveniences such as air conditioning have made the traditional styles adopted for a tropical climate obsolete. Jotisalikorn (Classic Thai; Thai Spa Book) and Zabihi, owner of the interior design firm kzdesigns, show how architects and designers are incorporating this modern style with ethnic touches to the home. Each of these books contains an introduction that explains how a room would have appeared in a traditionally designed home-e.g., with cross ventilation for cool breezes-and then discusses how these elements are no longer necessary with the use of new technologies. These houses, apartments, hotels, and resorts in Bali, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are shown in a multitude of color photographs, with captions detailing how the architects, designers, and inhabitants have successfully blended the looks. Recommended for large interior design collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.