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Hong Kong Architecture 1945-2015

From Colonial to Global

Authors: Xue, Charlie Qiuli

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  • The only English volume to comprehensively cover the 70 years’ trajectory of Hong Kong architecture after WWII
  • A reputable international author on modern Chinese architecture with a global view
  • Crystallization of the author’s twenty-six years’ observation and engagement with the topic
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This book focuses on the transformation from colonial to global – the formation, mechanism, events, works and people related to urban architecture. The book reveals hardships the city encountered in the 1950s and the glamour enjoyed in the 1980s. It depicts the public and private developments, and especially the public housing which has sheltered millions of residents. The author identifies the architects practising in the formative years and the representatives of a rising generation after the 1980s. Suffering from land shortage and a dense environment, the urban development of Hong Kong has in the past 70 years met the changing demands of fluctuating economic activities and a rising population. Architecture on the island has been shaped by social demands, the economy and technology. The buildings have been forged by the government, clients, planners, architects, many contractors and end-users. The built environment nurtures our life and is visual evidence of the way the city has developed. Hong Kong is a key to East Asia in the Pacific Era. The book is a must-read for a thorough understanding the contemporary history and architecture of this oriental pearl.
Endorsement:

“Hong Kong sets an extreme example of hyper-density living. MTR’s Kowloon Station project offered my firm the unique opportunity to contribute to a new type of fully integrated three dimensional transport mega-structure, conceived as a well-connected place for people to live, work and play. Through Charlie Xue’s book, one can see how a compact city works and high density integrated development indicates a sustainable path for modern city making.” 

Sir Terry Farrell, CBE, Principal, Farrells

"Well researched and refreshingly well structured, Charlie Xue's latest book comprehensively shows how Hong Kong's post-war urban architecture both tracks and symbolizes the former British colony's rise to success - a must read for architecture and culture buffs alike."

Peter G. Rowe, Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor.

“An essential addition to the growing literature on Chinese architecture, the title of the book belies the full scope of Xue’s extensive history. Covering Hong Kong’s postwar transition from defeated colony to Pacific Age power house, Xue expertly traces the evolution of the city’s ambitious and innovative programs of integrated high density urban design and infrastructure, as well as changing architectural fashions. In a time when many Western governments have all but abandoned public housing programs, Xue’s book is a timely reminder of what can be achieved.” 

Professor Chris Abel, author of Architecture and Identity, Architecture, technology and process and The Extended Self.<

About the authors

Dr. Charlie Q. L. Xue has held teaching appointments in architecture at Jiaotong University, Shanghai; University of Texas, USA and City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Xue has nine books published including Building Practice in China (1999, 2009), Building a Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980 (2006, 2009) and World Architecture in China (2010. His research papers were published in the international refereed journals like Journal of Architecture, Journal of Architecture and Planning Research, Urban Design International, Journal of Urban Design, Habitat International, Cities. His works are widely read and cited internationally. Xue’s research focuses on architecture of the Greater China area and design strategies of high density environment.  

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-1004-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-1003-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-9307-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hong Kong Architecture 1945-2015
Book Subtitle
From Colonial to Global
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-1004-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-1004-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-1003-3
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9307-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 337
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations, 192 illustrations in colour
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