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Typological Drifts

Typological Drifts

Emerging Cities in China

By (author) Esther Lorenz
By (author) Neil Donnelly Studio
By (author) Shiqiao Li

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Released 1st May 2021
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  •  This book documents the impact of the Chinese culture on the development of city types in China in the past four decades, leading to surprising urban realities that often escape normative urban theories
  • Through 13 case studies, the book reveals, how a thing-based conception of quantity, an unwavering enthusiasm for figuration, and the instinct for group action have given rise to distinctive Chinese urban formations
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This book documents the impact of the Chinese culture on the development of city types in China in the past four decades, leading to surprising urban realities that often escape normative urban theories. The book uses the concept of drift, which, together with mutation, adaptation, and migration, contributes to the rudimentary patterns of biological change; drift of phenotypes takes place when chance events randomly terminate some features and allow other features to flourish in ways that are unrelated to other patterns. The Chinese culture has exerted a set of forces that may be seen to have functioned as “unexpected events” in the normative processes of urban change. Through 13 case studies, more than 60 original maps and drawings, and extensive photographic documentation, the book reveals how three “drift triggers” - ten thousand things, figuration, and group action - have altered typological development in Chinese cities in the past four decades. 
About the Author
Shiqiao Li is Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, where he teaches history, theory, and design of architecture, and directs PhD in the Constructed Environment Program. He is author of Understanding the Chinese City (2014), Architecture and Modernization (2009, in Chinese) and Power and Virtue, Architecture and Intellectual Change in England 1650-1730 (2006). 

Esther Lorenz is a licensed architect and academic, and currently an assistant professor at University of Virginia. Her work explores the social, cultural, political, and economic preconditions of architecture, and the mutual effects between architectural and urban formations and cultural practices, social relations and space perception, with a focus on Chinese urbanisation and the city of Hong Kong.

Neil Donnelly Studio works in graphic design across media with clients in art, architecture, publishing, and public service. They have a particular interest in designing flexible structures and systems that grow out of conceptual thinking and encourage deep engagement with content, and their work has been published and exhibited internationally.
Specifications
Publisher
ORO Editions
ISBN
9781951541712
Released
1st May 2021
Binding
Paperback / softback
Territory
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
Size
241 mm x 171 mm
Pages
336 Pages
Illustrations
300 color
Name of series
Next Cities Series
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