Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shanghai: The Architecture of China's Great Urban Center

Shanghai: The Architecture of China's Great Urban Center is an interesting book. Full of contradictions like the city itself, the text of the book talks about a Shanghai that boomed and grew too fast with too little planning. Built during a time when there was much enthusiasm and little ruling, these structures are marvels of architecture with new and edgy innovations, but are usually built in useless places and without much regard given to their neighbors. This book talks about these difficulties in a bitter sweet manor, discussing the traditions of Shanghai architecture, it's influences, and where it will go in the furture. All of these along side some spectacular photos of some of the most curious and beautiful modern architecture in the world.

Exemplifying the Shanghai of today, this traditional building stands juxtaposed to the modern skyscrapers in the background. 

Pros: Hard Cover, good printing, nice quality paper. Interestingly informative about the dynamics of Shanghai in regards to it's architecture, and its architects

Cons: On the slimmer side of art books, but not dramatically so.

How To Buy:Amazon

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