Contemporary China’s Architectural History

Fall 20

The creation of contemporary urban culture is, above all, the production of space. Therefore, the evolution of urban culture and architectural art is the emergence of social relations that are reflected through production of space. The “production of space” in contemporary Chinese cities has its region, historical heritage, and the characteristics of the times, and is inseparable from the construction system and political and cultural system in China in 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China and even the beginning of the Early Modern China since 1840.

In this course, the development and evolution of contemporary architecture and cities in China we are experiencing will be discussed. The history of Chinese contemporary architecture reflected in historical materials and architectural cases is displayed, revealed and reconstructed in different forms from different aspects and perspectives. By analyzing its development course, it analyzes how architects in different periods make flexible use of specific ideas and shape specific architectural space based on specific geographical conditions. Contemporary history still remains to be tapped. However, the in-depth analysis of the shaping course of our current social and material environment and the detailed and accurate historical materials will help to better understand the development course of our own city and fulfil the vision.

Yingbo XIAO (Raibbie)

Yingbo XIAO (Raibbie)

Dr. XIAO is a researcher with a particular 
interest in the criticism of modern Chinese
 architecture and the organization of 
architectural practice.