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Shopping Malls and Public Space in Modern China (Hardcover) (Nicholas Jewell)
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Chinaâ€™s rise as an economic superpower has been inescapable. Statistical hyperbole has been accompanied by a plethora of highly publicized architectural forms that brand the regeneration of its increasingly globalized urban centres. Despite the sizeable body of literature that has accompanied Chinaâ€™s modernization, the essence and trajectory of its contemporary cityscape remains difficult to grasp. This volume addresses a less explored aspect of Chinaâ€™s urban rejuvenation - the prominence of the shopping mall as a keystone of its public spaces. Here, the presence of the built form most representative of Western capitalismâ€™s excess is one that makes explicit the tensions between Chinaâ€™s Communist state and its ascent within the â€˜freeâ€™ market. This book examines how these interrelationships are manifested in the culturally hybrid built form of the shopping mall and its role in contesting the â€˜publicâ€™ space of the modern Chinese city. By viewing these interrelationships as collisions of global and local narratives, a more nuanced understanding of the shopping mall typology is explored. Much architectural criticism has failed to address the levels of meaning implicit within the shopping mall, yet it is a building type whose public popularity has guaranteed its endurance. Consequently, if architecture is to remain a relevant social art, a more holistic understanding of this phenomenon will be indispensable to the process of adapting to globalizing forces. This examination of Chinese shopping malls offers a timely and relevant case study of what is happening in all our cities today.
Number of Pages: 277
Sub-Genre: Urban + Land Use Planning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Nicholas Jewell
Street Date: January 12, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-1145
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