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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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Chinese Global Cities

Chinese Global Cities

(p.472) 30 Chinese Global Cities
Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the architecture of China’s global cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing. It shows that while new architectural forms are more often imported than homegrown, the ways in which they are deployed remain local, as evidenced by the Chinese preference for skyscrapers with pagoda roofs and atria. The chapter also identifies the three different architectural cultures that coexist in the first years of the new millennium. These include the places in which the disadvantaged and dispossessed live with inadequate access to the infrastructure that the middle class around the world takes for granted; the places created by those who exert a significant degree of economic, political, and social control over the spaces in which they live, work, shop, and play; and the relatively narrow sliver reserved for negotiation between the elite tier of the design professions and the clients and publics they serve.

Keywords:   Chinese architecture, global cities, modernity, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, architectural cultures

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