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    Cultural Evolution: Inside The Shenzhen BiennaleSubscription

    Thinkpiece24 January, 2014

    Two biennales, one in Shenzhen and the other in equally vibrant Shanghai, attracted architects from countries worldwide to explore themes of urbanism, urbanisation, architecture and contemporary art

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    Pier Vittorio Aureli makes a Virtue out of DeprivationSubscription

    Thinkpiece5 December, 2013

    Less is enough: The disturbing mantra of Abstinence rather than austerity as a means to surviving economic crisis

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    Shenzhen Stock Exchange by OMA Subscription

    Buildings25 October, 2013

    OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange performs an impressive levitating trick while raising questions about the meaning of public space in China’s frantic marketisation

  • Ordos Ghost House

    The ghost town Ai Weiwei builtSubscription

    Thinkpiece23 September, 2013

    The Western media mock the emptiness of the vast Chinese city of Ordos, but the true failure is Ai Weiwei’s disastrous attempts at development


    A tale of four cities: Stefan Al's Illustrated Book of Factory Towns in South ChinaSubscription

    Thinkpiece3 September, 2013

    Though ugly and inconclusive, this guidebook offers interesting insight into the key urban agglomerations situated in the Pearl River Delta

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    Battle of IdeasSubscription

    Thinkpiece5 July, 2013

    A political book written by a traditional architect denounces the disengagement of architecture from the real world as a sheer phenomenon of our era


    The Man who made ManhattanSubscription

    Thinkpiece13 June, 2013

    The pioneering spirit of John Randel Jr catalysed the birth of the Modern city

  • The Bund in Shanghai

    Potemkin citiesSubscription

    Thinkpiece7 March, 2013

    Daniel Brook examines the cosmopolitan condition of the modern city in his new book A History of Future Cities

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    Porosity Block in Chengdu by Steven HollSubscription

    Buildings4 March, 2013

    The ‘sliced porosity’ of Steven Holl’s Chinese mega-project is a graphic presence implanted in the pulsating heart of Chengdu

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    Buildings28 August, 2012

    The progress of an emerging superpower undergoing the largest urbanisation project in human history