Item description for Building a Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980 by Charlie Q. L. Xue...
Since China's modernization began in 1980, the country has witnessed exponential growth in construction activities. In a deliberate attempt to break away from the past, China has shown remarkable drive and determination to refashion itself in terms of architectural and town planning practices. While there are many books about traditional Chinese architecture and gardens, this is perhaps the first book in English to introduce the dramatic new look of China.
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 emerging 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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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Jul 30, 2006
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9622097448 ISBN13 9789622097445
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a profound book about Chinese architecture today Apr 19, 2009
'Building a revolution: Chinese architecture since 1980' is a most profound book on contemporary Chinese architecture. Of course, more than 10 books on the similar topic has been published in the past five years. But most of them are coffee table books with eye catching pictures. No book as this one is written so deep on the reasons of Chinese architectural phenomenon. If you want to study on Chinese architecture after 1978, this book is a must read.