In the early twentieth century, Chinese traditional architecture and the French-derived methods of the ?cole des Beaux-Arts converged in the United States when Chinese students were given scholarships to train as architects at American universities whose design curricula were dominated by Beaux-Arts methods. Upon their return home in the 1920s and 1930s, these graduates began to practice architecture and create China's first architectural schools, often transferring a version of what they had learned in the U.S. to Chinese situations. The resulting complex series of design-related transplantations had major implications for China between 1911 and 1949, as it simultaneously underwent cataclysmic social, economic, and political changes. After 1949 and the founding of the People's Republic, China experienced a radically different wave of influence from the Beaux-Arts through advisors from the Soviet Union who, first under Stalin and later Khrushchev, brought Beaux-Arts ideals in the guise of socialist progress. In the early twenty-first century, China is still feeling the effects of these events. This book examines the coalescing of the two major architectural systems, placing significant shifts in architectural theory and practice in China within relevant, contemporary, cultural, and educational contexts. Fifteen major scholars from around the world analyze and synthesize these crucial events to shed light on the dramatic architectural and urban changes occurring in China today-many of which have global ramifications.

Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts

SKU: 050896
$213.00 Regular Price
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  • ISBN

    9789888028719
  • Authors

    Cody, Jeffrey W; Nancy S. Steinhardt et al. (eds.)
  • Extent

    383
  • Format

    Hardcover
  • Year

    2011
  • Publisher

    Hong Kong University Press

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