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New Museums in China

New Museums in China

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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Size: 8.5 × 11 in;
Pages: 256 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2013
ISBN: 9781616891503
ISBN10: 1616891505
Clare Jacobson is a Shanghai-based design writer, editor, and curator

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