Resumen del Libro
This incisive look at the historical, social, and economic forces that have shaped Chinas modern architecture analyzes the countrys struggle to define its own architectural aesthetics. Since the early 1980s, when China opened its doors to international trade and tourism, the countrys economy has expanded at an incredible rate. Today, China is poised to be a testing ground for the worlds most innovative designers and engineers. Layla Dawsons groundbreaking survey of architectural currents in China lays out not only the historical events that have brought the country to this unique position, but explores the challenges inherent in opening up the country to outside forces and ideas. She examines projects by Chinese and non-Chinese architects, including Zaha Hadids Soho City masterplan, Rem Koolhaass CCTV Headquarters, Norman Fosters Shanghai Tower and plans for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. As Dawson demonstrates how conflicting architectural philosophies are visible in Chinas newly rising skyline, she takes an unblinking look at the liabilities China faces by opening itself up to foreign influence.