A photo essay by Belgian architectural photographer Kris Provoost capturing the boldest and most iconic structures of the architectural revolution in China.
Striking images of fantastical buildings from unexpected angles and perspectives "Beautified China shows the country's modern architecture in new light" - CNN Style Photo-Series "Provides an abstracted look at China's iconic architecture," - ArchDaily.com.The past decade, internationally renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, and Herzog & de Meuron have given their creativity and expertise free rein in China, where the sky is literally the limit, from construction techniques and use of materials to design. Unimaginable forms that seemingly defy the laws of gravity come to life in the form of gigantic skyscrapers. Beautified China presents a splendid overview of these revolutionary designs through the lens of photographer and architect Kris Provoost.Features essays by Martijn De Geus, Chris Hardie, Peter Rowe, and Li Shiqiao.
- Introduction (by Kris Provoost)
- Foreword (by Nikolaus Goetze)
- Chapter 1: Beijing
- Beautified China - essay by Chris Hardie
- Chapter 2: Shanghai
- Three on Display at Shanghai's Expo's 'Better City Better Life - essay by Peter G. Rowe
- Chapter 3: Pearl River Delta
- A Way of Seeing (into) China - essay by Martijn de Geus
- Chapter 4: Yangtze River Delta
- The perfect storm - essay by Li Shiqiao
- Chapter 5: Other Cities
- An Anatomy of Excess - essay by Li Shiqiao
TitleBeautified China: The Architectural Revolution