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Authors: YEW WEI JUN
Keywords: Architecture
Yang, Perry
Issue Date: 13-Oct-2009
Citation: YEW WEI JUN (2009-10-13T06:08:07Z). CHINA AFTER 1979 : THE STORY OF ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The rural-urban migration in China has increased tremendously since the open door policy in 1979, giving rise to instant cities. The mechanisms behind the churning out of buildings in China fall in the hands of the various architecture practices in the country. Most of the existing writings and discourses feature architectural designs, concepts and theories. Architectural practice in China is an area of study which has thus far been stripped the attention it deserves. Focusing on the period after 1979, the dissertation revolves around the issue on the anonymity of the Chinese architect. The name of the individual Chinese architect is rarely seen or heard, unlike in the West. The status of the Chinese architect is predominantly institutionalized. This phenomenon will be unraveled by firstly understanding the architecture profession, how it evolved from the beginning till today, analyzing the political and cultural implications. Next, the four different models of practices will be examined, state-owned design institutes, design institutes in universities, private practices and foreign practices in China. Only with a deepened understanding on the architecture practices in China can one make comparisons to the West and discuss about the anonymity of the Chinese architect. In addition, it is hoped that this discourse would be catalytic in spurring further research on architectural practices, an area of study not many have indulged in.
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