In an era of accelerating population growth, mass urbanization, and increasing pressure on the natural environment, the megacities of China's eastern seaboard have become a focal point of architectural and urban-design attention. The "reform and opening-up era" has touched China's major cities in different ways, affecting the existing fabric of dynastic capitals, trade hubs, and former European colonies and concessions; this in turn has provided the setting for a range of complex reactions by contemporary architects. The Architectural Guide China provides an invaluable window into this work, with city-by-city coverage including historic maps and background information on urban form. Building on the authors' years of experience leading architectural study tours, this book is the first comprehensive English-language survey of recent Chinese architecture to be organized as a travel guide.
* Evan Chakroff, architectural designer and design technologist at LMN Architects, Seattle. Previously worked for Herzog & de Meuron, Massimiliano Fuksas, and NBBJ. Invited critic at the Knowlton School of Architecture and the University of Hong Kong, among others. Published essays in journals such as Log and CLOG and online at ArchDaily and Archinect.com. * Addison Godel, critic working towards a Ph.D. in architecture at Columbia University with a focus on relationships between modern architecture and its social and political contexts. Holds an M.Arch from the Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture. Publishes intermittent architectural commentary online.