Building A Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980

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Hong Kong University Press, Sep 1, 2005 - Architecture - 232 pages
Building a Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980 presents a picture of Chinese architecture in transition, as the entire economy shifted from being planned and state-controlled to being market-led. The book also examines the "national form" and Chinese identity, the impact of international architecture, housing reform, and the emergence of architects in private practice. Both celebrated and young Chinese architects are portrayed, and the notable buildings in the prosperous coastal cities are highlighted. Through this book on modern Chinese architecture, the reader will appreciate the influence of globalization and modernization on the most populous country in the world.
 

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Contents

Cultural Transformation
1
Burden or Chance?
25
City and Dwelling
49
The Evolution of Chinas Housing
86
Architects and Creations
103
The Rising of the Younger Generation
130
Private Practice Unleashed
156
Chronicle of Chinese Architecture Since 1980
171
Bibliography
191
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