In China, 1% of the world’s architects have to design 50% of all the buildings and must do so for 15% of the profit. This extreme situation in which architects have to operate, design and build, creates the theoretical basis for ‘The Condition of Chinese Architecture’.
In addition to interviewing the critical voices of contemporaryChinese architecture, the authors report the nowadays reality of the country, the architectural evolution since the first contacts with the West in 1582 and the issues affecting its contemporary practice.
The result is a groundbreaking, cumulative reckoning teased out through layers of personal accounts and cross-disciplinary research, drawing on architecture, aesthetics, philosophy, politics, and society.
The Condition of Chinese Architecture
Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Harry den Hartog
Charlie Q. L. Xue
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Handan City Landscape, Stock City
by Yong Liang Yang
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