Building a Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980 by Charlie Q. L. Xue

By Charlie Q. L. Xue

On the grounds that China's modernization all started in 1980, the rustic has witnessed exponential progress in development actions. In a planned try and break free from the previous, China has proven extraordinary force and resolution to refashion itself when it comes to architectural and city making plans practices. whereas there are numerous books approximately conventional chinese language structure and gardens, this is often probably the 1st publication in English to introduce the dramatic new glance of China. construction a Revolution: chinese language structure on the grounds that 1980 offers an image of chinese language structure in transition, because the whole financial system shifted from being deliberate and state-controlled to being market-led. The ebook additionally examines the "national shape" and chinese language identification, the influence of overseas structure, housing reform, and the emergence of architects in deepest perform. either celebrated and rising chinese language architects are portrayed, and the striking structures within the wealthy coastal towns are highlighted. via this booklet on sleek chinese language structure, the reader will get pleasure from the effect of globalization and modernization at the such a lot populous nation on the earth.

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The effect of such translations has been considerable. Charles Jencks's Language of PostMode rnism and Robert Venturi's Contradiction and Complexity ofArchitecture were introduced into China in the mid-1980s; the ideas were appropriated to suit the language and culture of the students and architects who studied them. Concepts such as the separation of a building's exterior from its interior function, the juxtaposition of historic icons, and two-dimensional decoration were readily accepted by vulgar, fashionseeking developers and obedient "productive" designers.

On the one hand, Chinese cities became more modern; on the other, the Chinese national identity came under attack, as the influence of the West compromised ancient traditions. At this critical moment, the cry for "national form" was heard even more loudly, a strident outcry imbued with a sense of crisis over the perceived threat to national identity. 5). 5 Some examples of "national form", (a) Government building in Guangzhou, (b) Scenes in the city center of Beijing matchbox-shaped buildings had been constructed because of the weak economy.

Old Beijing is famous for its courtyard-style residential neighborhoods. But nowadays, the old singlefamily courtyard houses are usually occupied by dozens of households, and many are derelict and face the prospect of demolition by greedy developers. Wu's design was for the reconstruction and renovation of an old residential district in Beijing. In this project, he explored the juxtaposition of Chinese traditions and contemporary life. The courtyard style was retained in order to keep the unique texture of this traditional urban space.

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