On the Edge
Ten Architects from China
Publication Date: January 16, 2007
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The People's Republic of China is currently the largest market for architectural services in the world, and its cities—sites of the greatest economic migration in modern history—are rapidly being transformed into rival centers for global trade and commerce. On the Edge: Ten Architects from China is an unprecedented critical anthology on new architecture in China, the first book of its kind devoted to the development and maturation of an indigenous approach to modern architecture and urbanism in China. Focusing on the work of ten young design firms based in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, On the Edge documents the rise of a new aesthetic, the evolution of contemporary architectural practice, and the irresistible, global aspirations of an emerging avant-garde.Included in the book are completed buildings, proposed projects, and urban master plans by Gary Chang of Edge HK, Rocco Yim, Zi and Ming Zhang of Original Design Studio, Li Hu of Open Architecture Studio, Ai We Wei, Qingyun Ma of MADA, Jiakun Liu, and Yung Ho Chang, who is the present dean of the Architecture School at MIT
MORI TOSHIKO is principal of her firm, Toshiko Mori Architect, in New York City.� She is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and has been Department Chair since 2002.�
LAUREN A. GOULD is an art director and writer based in New York City. She is currently working on a number of monographs on photography and fashion.�
TOM MES & JASPER SHARP co-edit Midnighteye.com, the premier English-language website on Japanese cinema. Tom Mes is an authority on contemporary Japanese cinema and is the author of several books, including Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto (2005), Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike (2004), and with Jasper Sharp, The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film.
Yung Ho Chang was born in Beijing. Principal of the Beijing-based Atelier FCIZ and director and professor of architecture at Peking University Graduate Center for Architecture, he will hold the Renzo Tange Chair at Harvard University in 2002-03. He has been included in the Young Architects Forum of the Architectural League of New York and was awarded a UNESCO Prize for Arts in 2000. His work has been seen at the Gwanju Biennale, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and Apex Gallery, and in the exhibition Cities on the Move.