Learning from Hangzhou takes its cue from the seminal work Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, who have contributed a foreword to this book. It is an extended photo essay with brief, incisive texts that examine the transformative influence of China's unbridled economic expansion on the public spaces, architecture and signage in the historical city of Hangzhou. Included are thousands of images taken between 2003 and 2008, organized into patterns of reoccurring visual phenomenon. With this project, Mathieu Borysevicz attempts to record what "will otherwise vanish into the forgotten lineage of China's amnesiac race into the future."
Alternative title

xiang hang zhou xue xi

Access level

Onsite

Location code MON.BOM3
Language

Chinese - Simplified, 

English

Publication/Creation date

2009

No of pages

330

ISBN / ISSN

9789881803368

No of copies

1

Content type

artist monograph

Chapter headings
Sheng Jianhua, Hangzhou Nomad

- Clarisa DIAZ

Introduction
Demolition/Construction Site: Cycles of Reoccurrence
Architectural Eclecticism: Stylistic Diversity Past and Present
The Performative in Architecture
The Sign as a Building/The Building as Sign: Advertising's Claustrophobia Effect, Micro to Macro
The Urban Canvas, An Image Spectacle: Representational and Non-representational
Markets Inside/Out
Epilogue
Learning from Hangzhou
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Learning from Hangzhou, 向杭州學習