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CONSTRUCTING A PLACE OF CRITICAL ARCHITECTURE IN CHINA: INTERMEDIATE CRITICALITY IN THE JOURNAL TIME + ARCHITECTURE. Guanghui Ding. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 250 pp. with 88 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2015-12114 ISBN 9781472463692 In English.
Publisher's description: For the past 30 years, The Chinese journal Time + Architecture (Shidai Jianzhu) has focused on publishing innovative and exploratory work by emerging architects based in private design firms who were committed to new material, theoretical and pedagogical practices. In doing so, this book argues that the journal has engaged in the presentation and production of a particular form of critical architecture -- described as an intermediate criticality' -- as a response to the particular constraints of the Chinese cultural and political context. The journal's publications displayed a dual critique' -- a resistant attitude to the dominant modes of commercial building practice, characterized by rapid and large-scale urban expansion, and an alternative publishing practice focusing on emerging, independent architectural practitioners through the active integration of theoretical debates, architectural projects, and criticisms. This dual critique is illustrated through a careful review and analysis of the history and program of the journal.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — China — Post-1970 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170558
Hardcover $119.95    

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