Splendidly Fantastic: Architecture and Power Games In China By Julia Lovell

Splendidly Fantastic: Architecture and Power Games In China

By Julia Lovell

  • Release Date: 2012-02-10
  • Genre: Art & Architecture

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China has undergone urbanisation on a scale never seen before - much of it speculative, some of it a brazen display of power. In this incisive analysis by the acclaimed Sinologist Julia Lovell, we get inside the politics of architecture and city-making in China. There is a rich cast, from the Western starchitects rushing into the land of opportunity, to political dissidents such as Ai Weiwei, to rebellious residents singing defiantly as the bulldozers advance. In this trenchant critique of urban policy, Lovell wonders what good all this thrusting ambition will have been if the property bubble bursts.