In an era of accelerating population growth, mass urbanisation, and increasing pressure on the natural environment, the megacities of China's eastern seaboard have become a focal point of architectural and urban-design attention. The reform and opening-up era has touched China's major cities in different ways, affecting the existing fabric of dynastic capitals, trade hubs, and former European colonies and concessions; this in turn has provided the setting for a range of complex reactions by contemporary architects. The Architectural Guide China provides city by city coverage including historic maps and background information on urban form. Building on the authors years of experience leading architectural study tours, this book is the first comprehensive English language survey of recent Chinese architecture presented in the form of a travel guide
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