Typological Drift

Emerging Cities in China

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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…

Binding: Softbound with flaps
ISBN: 978-1-951541-71-2
Publication Date: Fall 2021
Pages: 336pp
Size: 6.75” x 9.5” (Portrait)
World Rights: Available

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“The Chinese culture has exerted a set of forces that may be seen to have functioned as ‘unexpected’”

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Binding

Softbound with flaps

ISBN

978-1-951541-71-2

Publication date

Spring 2021

Pages

336pp

Size

6.75” x 9.5” (Portrait)

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Overview

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 thirteen 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.

Authors

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 Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. Her research explores the connections between architecture and culture, from the study of new urban formations to cultural and spatial practices in relation to built form, to investigations of the intersections between media and architecture.

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Binding: Softbound with flaps
ISBN: 978-1-951541-71-2
Publication Date: Fall 2021
Pages: 336pp
Size: 6.75” x 9.5” (Portrait)
World Rights: Available


Typological Drift

“The Chinese culture has exerted a set of forces that may be seen to have functioned as ‘unexpected’”

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USA - New York
Tel: +1(646) 322-2466
Asia - Singapore & China
Tel: +(65) 9068-1860
Tel: +(86) 755-84556863

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