New China Architecture

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Periplus Editions (HK) Limited, Mar 15, 2006 - Architecture - 240 pages
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The spectacular transformation of China in the last decade is symbolized by its architecture. The booming cities of China are evolving at a speed which is hard to comprehend, and their skylines have seen a profusion of new architectural styles. An economic metamorphosis and an invasion of Western culture have created a dynamic
environment for architecture and construction, both at the public and the domestic scale. This push to prosperity has excited architects from around the globe, who have seen a unique opportunity to produce remarkable and innovative designs.

New China Architecture seizes this moment in time. It documents both the stunning designs of famed architects and the emergence of a whole new generation of Chinese architects. The selected projects cover a broad range of residential homes, public buildings, office towers and the adaptive reuse of older city precincts. The buildings featured include skyscrapers in Shanghai, the dazzling new designs for the Beijing Olympic Games venues, innovative private houses such as those at the Commune by the Great Wall and the now mandatory gleaming new airports and city landmarks.

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China├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs remarkable economic boom is generating prodigious architectural and building activity. Ruan (architecture, Univ. of New South Wales, Australia) here offers a sampling by presenting ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Xing Ruan is a professor of architecture at the University of New South Wales and was previously Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. He was born in China and graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Southeast University in Nanjing. He has practiced and taught in China, New Zealand and Australia. He has been published widely on architecture, anthropology, architectural education and on contemporary Chinese architecture.

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