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Grand Theater Urbanism

Chinese Cities in the 21st century

Editors: Xue, Charlie Qiuli (Ed.)

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  • Investigates selected cities and shares first-hand reports on urban construction in China
  • Details cities’ growth and explores how cultural buildings have contributed to quality of life
  • Focuses on the theaters’ relationship with cities instead of going deeper into theatrical and technical design
  • Provides building plans and associated descriptions, making it unique and highly readable
  • Relevant to UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 --Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
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About this book

This volume explores the phenomenon and trend of cultural buildings by investigating 10 typical cities in China from the first, second, and third tiers, and from the Chinese diaspora. Each grand theater design was the result of a high-profile international competition and created by global architects in collaboration with Chinese design institutes. The national and international significance of these iconic projects lies in the fact that they not only reflect the dynamics of global design ideas, but also represent a particular historical moment in China’s modernization process. The development, histories, and purposes of constructing cultural buildings are carefully outlined and colorfully presented. Given China’s tremendous population, the development trajectory of its urban construction will provide insights for other regions that hope to embark on the high-speed track in the 21st century.

“In 'Grand Theater Urbanism',  Professor Charlie Xue and his team document China’s current shift towards a culture of consumption and leisure, symbolized by the construction of multi-use Grand Theaters in major cities. 'Grand Theater Urbanism' reveals the unexpected variety and complexity of this contemporary cultural drive in a series of exemplary chapters with highly detailed, local, case studies.”
                    --Professor David Grahame Shane, Columbia University, New York 
"Jane Jacobs likened city life to a performance. This book goes a stage further and analyses the actual performance spaces within cities in China. In doing so it makes a valuable connection between urban design and the cultural life in cities. This is an important and often forgotten dimension of urbanism and I heartily commend this book to readers.'"
                    --Professor Matthew Carmona, The Bartlett, University College London

About the authors

Dr. Charlie Q. L. Xue has taught architecture at Shanghai Jiaotong University; the University of Texas, USA; and City University of Hong Kong. An award-winning architect and writer, he has published 12 books, including Building a Revolution: Chinese Architecture since 1980 (HKU Press, 2006), Hong Kong Architecture 1945-2015: From Colonial to Global (Springer, 2016), and A History of Design Institutes in China (with Guanghui Ding, Routledge, 2018), and research papers in international refereed journals such as The Journal of Architecture, Urban Design International, Habitat International, and Cities. Xue’s research focuses on modern architecture in China and design strategies for high-density environments.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 67,82 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-7868-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-7867-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Grand Theater Urbanism
Book Subtitle
Chinese Cities in the 21st century
Editors
  • Charlie Qiuli Xue
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7868-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7868-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7867-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 277
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 190 illustrations in colour
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