eCite Digital Repository

Constructing a Chinese Modernity: Theoretical Agenda for a New Architectural Practice


Zhu, JF, Constructing a Chinese Modernity: Theoretical Agenda for a New Architectural Practice, Architectural Theory Review, 3, (2) pp. 69-87. ISSN 1326-4826 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/13264829809478346


This paper explores the possibilities and problematics of a theoretical perspective for China's architectural practice at the turn of the century. Employing studies on the affinity between postmodern theses and the Chinese intellectual tradition, it argues for a Chinese approach to notions of ‘reason’ and modernity. Observing China's development in the late twentieth century as a major breakthrough in dealing with modernisation and Westernisation, this paper suggests a reading of the current transformation as an historical development of new forms of the modem project. In this context, it proposes a theoretical outlook and strategic agendas for spatial and architectural practice in four thematic areas of cross-cultural conversation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architecture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Zhu, JF (Dr Jian Fei Zhu)
ID Code:14454
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-09

Repository Staff Only: item control page