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New Chinese Architecture

Twenty Women Building the Future

Austin Williams, Zhang Xin


Celebrates twenty Chinese female architects, from established names to emerging talents

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Over the past decade, China’s new generation of young female architects have proven themselves to be talented, confident, innovative and successful on the world stage. Engaging with traditions and international trends, as well as posing entirely new architectural ideas, their projects reveal China to be a place brimming with energy and creative possibility.

This survey of twenty of China’s latest generation features detailed profiles of each architect, exploring their routes to success, their inspirations and the challenges posed for those working and designing in this diverse and rapidly evolving region. Each profile includes works from small-scale conceptual plans to country houses, schools, offices and large-scale urban development projects. From exploring new ways to build with radical, sustainable materials to sensitively honouring the vernacular traditions of the country’s long and complex history, each architect brings her unique vision to the question of what architecture means in China today. Zhang Xin, one of the country’s most successful women entrepreneurs, puts these achievements in context.

The most densely populated country on earth, China is metamorphosizing from a mainly rural to an urbanized economy faster than any nation has done so before. Responding to real social and political changes, the architects featured here will define China’s skylines for many years to come.

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'A must-read for anyone interested in the impact of a fast-accelerating infrastructure'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 24.0 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 374

Publication date: 14 March 2019

ISBN: 9780500343388

Contents List

Foreword by Xin Zhang • The Architects: Shaohua DI • Wowo DING • Mei DONG • Juan DU • Beilei FAN • Rossana HU • Ying JIANG • Heng LIU • Wenyu LU • Lele PENG • Shanshan QI • Yuen TANG • Luming WANG • Wei WANG • Youfen WANG • Na WEI • Min YE • Di ZHANG • Jinqiu ZHANG • Zhao ZHAO

About the Author

Austin Williams is senior lecturer in Professional Practice at Kingston School of Art and honorary research fellow at XJTLU University in China. He is the director of the Future Cities Project, China correspondent for the Architectural Review, contributing editor for AR Pacific Region and writes for L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui.

Zhang Xin, founder of SOHO China, has worked with many of the world’s most renowned architects, including Kengo Kuma and the late Zaha Hadid.