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Ambitious Designs

Ambitious Designs

— A review by Lin Jingying — “Where is your design inspiration coming from? Who is your idol? ” “Chacha Chanel.” “It’s Coco Chanel.” “Yes, her.”

by × September 19, 2016 ×

Articles, Reviews

China through Antonioni’s lens

China through Antonioni’s lens

Two reviews of Antonioni’s 1974 documentary: “Chung Kuo: Cina” — by Stefanie Schneider —    

by × June 24, 2016 ×

Articles, Reviews

So Tschumi

So Tschumi

— by Sharvari Shanmugam — Bernard Tschumi, renowned architect of deconstructivism explains his ways of thinking and his approach to architectural design in an impressive retrospective at the Powerstation of Art in Shanghai

by × May 23, 2016 ×

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Who pays the pipa?

Who pays the pipa?

— review by Di Yang — Jiao Bo’s 2014 documentary “Village Diary” (Xiangcunlidezhongguo) is set in Shaoyu, Shandong Province, north-east China. The direct translation from the Chinese title is China in the village, which may indicate that, for the film-maker, villages are the epitome of the whole of China.

by × May 18, 2016 ×

Articles, Reviews

(乡愁) Nostalgia (Xiang Chou)

(乡愁) Nostalgia (Xiang Chou)

Shu Haolun. China, 2006. Documentary, 70 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles. —   Review by Tang Lanke  —   

by × November 28, 2015 ×

Articles, Reviews

The Great Mall of China

The Great Mall of China

How Shopping And Socialism Has Inverted The City. –   by Nick Jewell   — After three and a half decades of double-digit economic growth China finally appears to be slowing.

by × November 25, 2015 ×

Articles, Reviews

Review: Ghost Cities of China

Review: Ghost Cities of China

—  by Jin Tian — Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World’s Most Populated Country.

by × September 5, 2015 ×

Articles, Reviews

The Smithsons on Housing

The Smithsons on Housing

This is a short review of B S Johnson’s 1970 documentary, “The Smithsons on Housing”, which might be better titled “The Smithsons on the Tragedy that is London.” Everything they discuss is from the perspective of their project at Robin Hood Garden in Poplar, east London

by × September 30, 2014 ×

Articles, Heritage, Interviews, Reviews

Does typomorphology apply to China?

Does typomorphology apply to China?

“Although many people criticize the single typology in Chinese cities, they do not realize that this actually resulted from our own choices based on emotional-thinking”. by Zhan Su

by × April 20, 2014 ×