Chinese Brutalism Today

Concrete and Avant-Garde Architecture


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SpecificationsBinding: Soft Bound ISBN: 978-1-943532-38-4 Pages: 300pp Publication Date: Fall 2019 Size: 8.25” x 10.8” Portrait World Rights: Available

Chinese Brutalism Today: Concrete and Avant-Garde Architecture is divided into three chapters and ends with a methodological afterword that explains the reasons why the research was carried out and the scientific tools used. The first chapter is “Exposed concrete in the design process,” the second is “Identity Research: Towards an Ornate Surface” and the third is “Global ambition: towards a polished surface.” The narration takes place through a substantial written part accompanied by specific images that facilitate the understanding of the text. Transversally, in the narrative, an interpretation is given to the precise and ambiguous dictates announced in 2017 by President Xi Jinping: to pursue a contemporary architecture made of “international standards with Chinese characteristics.”

Alberto Bologna (Turin, 1982) is an architect, Ph.D. in history of architecture and town planning, currently assistant professor of architecture and urban design at DAD-Department of Architecture and Design at Politecnico di Torino, in Italy. From 2011 to 2015 he has been a post-doc scientist at the Ecole Politechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. He worked as an adjunct professor in the field of architectural design and theory of architecture at Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, University of Ferrara and University of Genoa.

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Publication date

Fall 2019


8.25” x 10.8” Portrait

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