The Architectural Fairyland of China (1984 onward): problems and recommendations

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There was never a clear interpretation of modern architecture in Chinese history.
Socialism ended five thousand years of feudalism. Cultural Revolution wiped out
any sense of cultural continuity. The sudden return of market economy flooded the
country with Western influence. These drastic social changes provided the driving
force for a new national identity. However, the rapidly economic growth was
accompanied with outmoded institutional practices. In the process of promoting
Chinese modern architecture, problems such as intellectual property, bureaucratic
practice, traditionalism versus modernism and the shortage in local expertise
prevailed. In this paper, the problems of modern Chinese architecture were
analyzed and recommendations were presented
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
JournalGlobal Built Environment Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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