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Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts


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Tony Atkin, FAIA, is adjunct associate professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design and a principal of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in Philadelphia and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Rich, complex, and panoramic.-- "China Review International"
This beautifully illustrated volume succeeds in demonstrating the sweeping influence of the Beaux-Arts school. There is much work yet to do on this topic, but Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts should change the way we look at Chinese cities, and it will stand as a benchmark in the burgeoning field of Chinese urban studies.-- "Pacific Affairs"
[The] fascinating and under-appreciated cross-pollination of Eastern and Western architecture is thoroughly examined in [this] absorbing new book. . . . Although filled with handsome photos contemporary and historic, Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts is no coffee-table book -- this volume is a thoughtful and far-ranging account of international trends in architecture, which have been too little known in the U.S. It fills an important need and is certain to find its place in every serious library of architectural history.-- "Traditional Building"
The catch phrase 'clash of civilizations' has today become a part of political discourse, but as this publication by the universities of Hawai'i and Hong Kong shows, with many an attractive illustration and persuasive arguments, appreciation, not conflict, between dissimilar cultures is not only possible but sometimes fruitful. Here a consideration of the divergent architectural systems of China and that of the French-derived Beaux-Arts architecture--and how the latter influenced and changed the other--provide readers with a fascinating account of why and how this cultural exchange occurred.-- "Chinese Cross Currents"

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