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Princeton Architectural Press
By Clare Jacobson
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China’s explosive urban growth continues to make
headlines, illustrated by dramatic shots of the latest
commercial or residential buildings, each more
outstanding (and often more outlandish) than the
next. As the country’s new money matures, it is
increasingly being redirected from the necessity of
industry to the nicety of culture. While the recession
has put a damper on plans for new cultural venues in
many world cities, museums in China are booming.
Once scarce, they have multiplied rapidly, with more
than one thousand opening during the last decade.
They are now found throughout the country in
megacities, smaller urban centers, and even in more
remote places like Ordos, Inner Mongolia (in the
middle of the Gobi Desert). New Museums in China
presents fifty-one of the most innovative museums
of the last ten years in beautiful photographs,
detailed drawings, and insightful texts based on
interviews with an international slate of architects.
This spectacular collection makes an excellent
survey and sourcebook for architects, art and design
enthusiasts, and Sinophiles alike.
• Featured museums are the best new buildings of any
kind in China
• Includes works by starchitects such as David
Chipperfield, MVRDV, Steven Holl, and Zaha Hadid,
as well as respected Chinese designers such as Wang
Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio, winner of the
2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize
• Features not only art museums but also an eclectic
range of museums of archaeology, automobiles,
natural history, comics and animation, handcrafted
paper, and clocks from the Cultural Revolution
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