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The Future of Chinese Contemporary Architecture: How is China Creating a Civic Culture For a New Society?


Neri & Hu, Aranya Art Center, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China, 2019. Image © Pegenaute

A new kind of architecture distinguished by unique regional characteristics emerged in the mid-1990s when in China, architects started practicing independently from government-run design institutes. The leading Chinese architects of this time succeeded collectively in producing a unique architectural body of work when so many buildings built around the world were no longer rooted in their place and culture.

In China Dialogues, Vladimir Belogolovsky charts a panorama of Chinese architecture through the words of its main participants, lifting the veil on a prolific new generation of designers, each sharing a highly intellectualized and conceptual understanding of architecture. Following the course of 21 interviews accompanied by over 120 photographs and drawings of beautifully executed projects uprooted throughout the country since the early 2000s, China Dialogues opens up the thinking process of the country’s top architects, providing an insight into their ideas, intentions, and visions in unusually revealing and candid ways.

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