BEAUTY AND THE EAST
The unique architectural language of China as told through homegrown design practices and the architects shaping its future.
The transformation of China in the past four decades has been nothing short of spectacular. Now a cultural and economic player on the world stage, its rise has also given air to a new generation of architects and interior designers. Once China looked to the West for references and inspiration, today an emerging movement is molding a new design expression which fuses centuries of local tradition with idealistic visions.
Beauty and the East presents the Chinese talent shaping an aesthetic bound by heritage and the surrounding environment. Adopting new methods and techniques, they are pushing design possibilities and influencing the watching world. From cultural institutions to cityscapes, explore the tantalizing world of Chinese architecture and get a window into the world of tomorrow.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Browsing through Beauty and the East means observing the happiest episodes of (the) continuous dialogue between modernity and tradition, between the search for new languages and the recovery of ancient heritage, with very different results."
"The title charts the last two decades of ‘wild architectural experimentation’ across China and celebrates homegrown talent and new designs that challenge the norm."
"After many years of experimentation, China is currently experiencing a turning point in architecture. The book Beauty and the East takes a fresh look at a new generation of architects who brilliantly combine age-old traditions with a look to the future."
"a dazzling portfolio of projects in Beauty and the East, an encyclopaedic survey (...), in which the reuse of existing materials and structures and reliance on traditional methods are recurring motifs."
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