L’impact du Maoïsme sur le vocabulaire architectural, les formes et les structures urbaines des villes de Chine

Translated title of the contribution: The impact of Maoism on architectural vocabulary: Urban forms and structures of Chinese towns

Marek Kozlowski, Yusnani Mohd Yusof, Simon Huston

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Abstract

The legacy form and structure of Chinese Maoist towns enabled the ordered development of their modern equivalents but, unlike Soviet architectural styles, had limited global influence. Until recently, China's focus was rural but many of these projects failed. Myopic and short-term capitalist proclivities rather than communist planning or Confucian inspirations drove unprecedented recent urban expansion. The result is that modern Chinese urban landscapes tend to be architecturally impoverished and fragmented. Rather than inclusive, nurturing and resilient, their mode is transactional, consumerist and speculative. Hopefully, current climatic challenges may prompt more fruitful reflection on ancient architectural wisdom inspired by Confucianism, Taoism and Fend Shuai.
Translated title of the contributionThe impact of Maoism on architectural vocabulary: Urban forms and structures of Chinese towns
Original languageFrench
Article number11
Pages (from-to)294-320
Number of pages27
JournalNAQD Revue d'Etudes et de Critique Sociale
Volume1-2
Issue number41-42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Maoist
  • Architectural history
  • urban regeneration,
  • Cold War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies

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