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Tradition and Modernity BETWEEN IDENTITY AND FORM

Atelier Z+

Asia | Shanghai

During the last thirty years, Chinese urban planning and architectural design have advanced triumphantly. However, along with the disenchantment with modernity and the duplications of Western cultural forms, China has lost its essential cultural identity and traditional construction skills, and this can only lead to an “empty-shell” modern society. Thankfully, there are still some contemporary firms making an effort to break the barriers between modern architectural language and Chinese tradition, trying to combine them. Atelier Z+ is one such practice.

Its two principal architects, Zhang Bin and Zhou Wei, were already famous for their delicate and precise architectural drawings while still students in college. Just as Le Corbusier’s modernist formal language was sustained by the influential New York Five, and so impacted contemporary design in the United...

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