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Contemporary Architecture in China

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- Critical analysis of 60 projects from 60 architects in China - Highly illustrated throughout with rich technical details Architectural exhibition is an important aspect in the study and transmission of architectural culture. The academic thoughts and design styles that influence the trends of global architecture are all established through one or a series of important architectural exhibitions. This book is produced based on the GSD (Harvard Graduate School of Design) autumn exhibition: 'Towards a Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Chinese Architecture'. It reveals a unique perspective of contemporary Chinese architecture by showcasing 60 works from 60 contemporary architects within five thematic categories: cultural, residential, regeneration, rural, and digital. The selected architects attempt to maintain, from the earliest moments of the design process to its finished outcome, a certain level of critical thinking and quality. It is a record of the continuous evolution and growth of contemporary Chinese architecture and hopes to open up a new avenue from which to encourage further conversation regarding both the present and future state of China's architecture culture.

Investigation on the influence of Chinese traditional elements in contemporary building design by Western architects in China

Author : Razak Basri
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Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2010 in the subject Art - Architecture / History of Construction, Atlantic International University, course: Doctorate in Architecture (PhD), language: English, abstract: China is transforming in terms of economy, social, culture and physical development. Due to this, rapid urban development in China threatens the urban fabric of Chinese cities. Development has attempted to balance strong Western influences with traditional Chinese forms and has met mixed results. Although, it is already in existence of a new current of Chinese regionalism in architecture but this trend could be further improved by careful applications of the principles of architecture. This thesis presents five case studies of current Chinese completed building projects in two major urban settings; Beijing and Shanghai, designed by Western architects. Each case study is examined in each of the basic elements of architecture in relation to traditions and modern architecture. These case studies are then used as the foundation for specific recommendations for future development of contemporary Chinese architectural regionalism, in particular focusing on ways to integrate traditional or vernacular techniques, devices and forms with modern needs, modern technologies, and foreign influences in order to enhance the regional culture and built environment. There is distinction made between Beijing and Shanghai in which Beijing is more of a historic city emphasizing Chinese government, while Shanghai is more of an economic nerve of China emphasizing trade, finance and international business. Together, the two cities form the forefront of the built environment showcase of China.

Contemporary Architecture in China Rise of the Orient 2017

Author : Min Zhao
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Contemporary Architecture in China Rise of the Orient 2017 relates directly to the "Rise of the Orient" exhibition at Florence Design Week 2017 and the interpretation of the 22 architectural projects that were part of this event.

Contemporary Architecture in China

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Contemporary Architecture in China features new architecture by focusing on 30 structures built since 1999. These buildings, located in ten different cities over a vast geographical area, cover a wide variety of types, from residential to commercial to public use. China's architecture can be seen as a mirror of the country's development as a whole. During China's reform and opening up in the past 30 years, the country and its architecture have undergone great changes, developing at an overwhelming speed. In the past ten years, in particular, as China has strengthened its global ties, it has also experienced increasingly close cooperation between Chinese and foreign architects. This communication and exchange of ideas has resulted in an impressive number of internationally-recognized design projects. While introducing details of construction—including date, location, use and technical information—the book also focuses on the aesthetic contribution these innovative buildings have made to China's urban landscape. The book's abundant images further enhance the reader's understanding of architectural styles and design features. Developments in construction and engineering as well as trends in architectural design can also be traced, giving readers a better understanding of today's China and its dynamic architecture.

Chinese Contemporary Architecture

Author : Kai Cui
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Sixteen outstanding contemporary Chinese architects/teams, which come from state-owned large-scale design firm, private-owned design firm and individual studios, are selected in this book. Contemporary Chinese architectural languages and form, which connect history and today, with fusion of Chinese and western cultures and elements, are directly presented in it. It records the developing road of contemporary architecture in China with continuous effort by Chinese architects.

Contemporary Architecture in China

Author : Christian Dubrau
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When people think about architecture in China, then it is usually the overpowering presence of Western masters conjuring up entire large cities that spring to mind. Be that as it may, Chinese architecture is also undergoing a massive upsurge. This book presents selected projects of eight young architectural bureaus from the Middle Empire, all of which hold their own very well alongside the large foreign firms and are making their very own contribution to the creation of a modern China. Furthermore the volume contains a selection of projects of German architectural bureaus which have successfully risked taking the step in the direction of the East.

Contemporary Architecture in China

Author : Christian Dubrau
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Contemporary architecture in China

Author : Xiaofeng Zhu
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Atlas of Contemporary Chinese Architecture

Author : Wenjun Zhi
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Comprehensive review of contemporary Chinese architecture displaying the achievement gained in the rapid process of Chinese urbanisation, with nearly 300 representative architectural works selected from 34 provincial-level administrative divisions across China. Among these, there are both works of local architect and cooperation projects with overseas companies. It can be seen that among the mega-cities and their surrounding areas in the east coast of China, three places get the most attention. They are the Beijing-centred capital circle and the Beijing-Tianjin city cluster facing the Bohai Bay; the Shanghai-centred Yangtze River Delta compact regions, with Yangtze River as the backbone and Shanghai-Ningbo-Hangzhou as its main forces; last but not least the Guangzhou-centred Pearl River Delta export-orientated urbanised region, with axis development facing Shenzhen and Zhuhai, integrating resources in Hong Kong and Macao.

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The rapid economic development and urban sprawl in contemporary China has brought about a great lot of architectural practices with Chinese features. By reviewing the recent five years' development of the contemporary architecture in China from 2004-2008, we can perceive that China has been gradually involves in the process of globalization, while common consensus has been reached among more and more architects on exploring indigenous features. All of the 44 architects selected in this book, no matter how large or small, are the completed works that are most creative and critical in contemporary China. These architecture reflect the basic comprehension on the historical and cultural context in local area and the innovative responses from the perspective of Chinese and foreign architects. By interpreting and illustrating these works, the book will help us think about how to face the increasingly open market and the impact of globalization, seek out the integration of universal solutions and localism, and explore the design strategy and attitude of the contemporary architecture in China.

Vision in China

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A collection of outstanding projects of eight well-known Chinese architectural studios; URBANUS, Atelier Deshaus, Studio Pei-Zhu, standardarchitecture, Trace Architecture Office (TAO), Vector Architects, OPEN Architecture and Design and Architecture (DnA). Most of the architects have either studied in the United States or worked in the American architectural sector, and are now practicing back in China. Selected projects include mainly small-scale public buildings; hotels, libraries, visitor centres, terminals, schools, galleries and museums as well as some residential projects in Beijing.

New Architecture in China

Author : Bernard Chan
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"This book brings together more than one hundred outstanding projects from around China, none of them completed earlier than 2000, and some still under construction or being planned. It includes all building types, from private residences to colleges, shops and offices, and from opera houses, theatres and museums to exhibition halls, hotels and airport terminals. It also features winning competition schemes for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. The work of local practices is represented alongside that of larger, well-established architects, and all projects are accompanied by plans and colour illustrations. An informative introduction traces the development of modern Chinese architecture and considers the contributions of renowned foreign architects and China's own leading talents such as Yung Ho Chang, Liu Jiakun and Qingyun Ma. This book will appeal to anyone interested in China's future at the forefront of contemporary architecture."--BOOK JACKET.

Mapping China

Author : Li Xiangning
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This publication will present and review the architectural climate and practice progress of contemporary Chinese architecture during the first decade of the new millennium.

Being Chinese in Architecture

Author : Laurent Gutierrez
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What does Chinese mean in contemporary architecture? What does it mean being a Chinese in the making of architecture? What is expected of a Chinese person in his work? Will 'Chinese-ness' come about by the architect being Chinese, or by the context being Chinese, or both, or neither? Is 'Chinese-ness' genuinely discernable, a quality that can be consciously pursued? Or is it something that comes from within, a subtle reflection of personality conditioned by ancestral mentality and taste, and therefore incidental rather than intentional? While I put forward my belief, back in 1989, that in order to ponder the future of Asian(Chinese) architecture, we have to come to terms with who the modern Asian (Chinese) is, am I still correct? Whereas our first book The City of Architecture proclaims a clear vision of the evolution of Architecture from the City, this book, quite differently, poses more questions asked than conclusions drawn. But is not value ultimately more in the asking?

China s Architecture in a Globalizing World Between Socialism and the Market

Author : Jiawen Han
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China is currently in the midst of an unprecedented building boom and, indeed, interest in Chinese contemporary architecture has been fuelled by this huge expansion. Through a cutting-edge theoretical discussion of Chinese architecture in relation to Chinese modernity, this book examines this phenomenon in detail. In particular, it highlights how changes in the social-political system, the residual influence of Mao and the demands of the market have each shaped and determined style and form in recent years. Using key case studies of Liu Jiakun, Cui Kai, and URBANUS, it analyses the intricate details of historical pressures and practical strategies affecting Chinese architecture. In doing so, it demonstrates that Chinese architects contribute in specific ways to the international architectural discourse, since they are actively engaging with the complex societal transition of contemporary China and managing the dynamics and conflicts arising during the process. China's Architecture in a Globalizing World: Between Socialism and the Market offers a lens into the innovation and uniqueness of architectural design in China. As such, this book will be useful for students and scholars of architecture, Chinese culture and society and urban studies.

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New Architecture in China

Author : Christian Dubrau
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Today Chinas rapidly changing urban reality is a big challenge for contemporary Chinese architecture. This book presents projects of 40 Chinese architectural practices that make an individual contribution to the new architecture in modern China and help to raise the good reputation of Chinese architecture in the world.

Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil 200 600

Author : Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt
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Between the fall of the Han dynasty in 220 CE and the year 600, more than thirty dynasties, kingdoms, and states rose and fell on the eastern side of the Asian continent. The founders and rulers of those polities represented the spectrum of peoples in North, East, and Central Asia. Nearly all of them built palaces, altars, temples, tombs, and cities, and almost without exception, the architecture was grounded in the building tradition of China. Illustrated with more than 475 color and black-and-white photographs, maps, and drawings, Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil uses all available evidence—Chinese texts, secondary literature in six languages, excavation reports, and most important, physical remains—to present the architectural history of this tumultuous period in China’s history. Its author, Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, arguably North America’s leading scholar of premodern Chinese architecture, has done field research at nearly every site mentioned, many of which were unknown twenty years ago and have never been described in a Western language. The physical remains are a handful of pagodas, dozens of cave-temples, thousands of tombs, small-scale evidence of architecture such as sarcophaguses, and countless representations of buildings in paint and relief sculpture. Together they narrate an expansive architectural history that offers the first in-depth study of the development, century-by-century, of Chinese architecture of third through the sixth centuries, plus a view of important buildings from the two hundred years before the third century and the resolution of architecture of this period in later construction. The subtext of this history is an examination of Chinese architecture that answers fundamental questions such as: What was achieved by a building system of standardized components? Why has this building tradition of perishable materials endured so long in China? Why did it have so much appeal to non-Chinese empire builders? Does contemporary architecture of Korea and Japan enhance our understanding of Chinese construction? How much of a role did Buddhism play in construction during the period under study? In answering these questions, the book focuses on the relation between cities and monuments and their heroic or powerful patrons, among them Cao Cao, Shi Hu, Empress Dowager Hu, Gao Huan, and lesser-known individuals. Specific and uniquely Chinese aspects of architecture are explained. The relevance of sweeping—and sometimes uncomfortable—concepts relevant to the Chinese architectural tradition such as colonialism, diffusionism, and the role of historical memory also resonate though the book.

Original Copies

Author : Bianca Bosker
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A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of China’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West. Original Copies presents the first definitive chronicle of this remarkable phenomenon in which entire townships appear to have been airlifted from their historic and geographic foundations in Europe and the Americas, and spot-welded to Chinese cities. These copycat constructions are not theme parks but thriving communities where Chinese families raise children, cook dinners, and simulate the experiences of a pseudo-Orange County or Oxford. In recounting the untold and evolving story of China’s predilection for replicating the greatest architectural hits of the West, Bianca Bosker explores what this unprecedented experiment in “duplitecture” implies for the social, political, architectural, and commercial landscape of contemporary China. With her lively, authoritative narrative, the author shows us how, in subtle but important ways, these homes and public spaces shape the behavior of their residents, as they reflect the achievements, dreams, and anxieties of those who inhabit them, as well as those of their developers and designers. From Chinese philosophical perspectives on copying to twenty-first century market forces, Bosker details the factors giving rise to China’s new breed of building. Her analysis draws on insights from the world’s leading architects, critics and city planners, and on interviews with the residents of these developments.

Contemporary Architecture Design in China

Author : Xin Xu
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