Towards a New Normal: The Blurred Landscape of Architectural Research in China

Zhang, J. 2019. Towards a New Normal: The Blurred Landscape of Architectural Research in China. Architectural Design. 89 (3), pp. 120-125. https://doi.org/10.1002/ad.2445

TitleTowards a New Normal: The Blurred Landscape of Architectural Research in China
TypeJournal article
AuthorsZhang, J.
Abstract

The legacy of the Soviet era and 40 years of market‐led reform have given the Chinese architectural profession a unique profile. Architect and researcher John Zhang, who teaches a China‐focused studio at the University of Westminster in London, sets out its three main strands, each of which blends domains that are largely separate in the West. From state‐owned Local Design Institutes often affiliated to universities, to commercial developers with in‐house design capabilities, to a new generation of theoretically engaged architects who use their practice as means to establish their critical positions, he investigates their genealogy and approaches, and explores their pros and cons as models of architectural practice.

KeywordsChina
Local Design Institutes
Vanke
Han Tao
THANLAB
Tongji University
Developers
Critical Pragmatism
Post-criticality
JournalArchitectural Design
Journal citation89 (3), pp. 120-125
ISSN1554-2769
Year2019
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/ad.2445
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ad.2445
Publication dates
Published01 Apr 2019

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