1st Edition

Architecture of Modern China A Historical Critique

By Jianfei Zhu Copyright 2009
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    A collection of essays on architecture of modern China, arranged chronologically covering a period from 1729 to 2008, focusing mainly on the twentieth century. The distinctive feature of this book is a blending of ‘critical’ and ‘historical’ research, taking a long-range perspective transcending the current scene and the Maoist period. This is a short, elegant book that condenses the wide subject matter into key topics.

    1. Modern Chinese Architecture  2. Perspective as Symbolic Form: Beijing, 1729-35  3. The Architect and a Nationalist Project: Nanjing, 1925-37  4. A Spatial Revolution: Beijing, 1949-59  5. The 1980s and 90s: Liberalization  6. Criticality in between China and the West, 1996-2004  7. A Global Site and a Different Criticality  8. Beijing, 2008: A History  9. Geometries of Life and Formlessness  10. Twenty Plateaus, 1910s-2010s


    Jianfei Zhu is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning at the University of Melbourne. His research explores analytical and international perspectives on the Chinese experience in architecture, urbanity and social practice.