A focus on four Chinese architects
Turmoil and totalitarianism gave Chinese architects few opportunities to participate in the experimentation of the
20th Century and independent firms have been allowed to practice for barely two decades.
They have to compete with large state institutes and most of the prestigious commissions still go to leading Western architects.
Creatives thrive on constraints, and that may have strengthened the determination of the best talents to find fresh paths. Four small offices in Beijing exemplify the diversity and creativity to be found in the new architecture of China. For this quartet of inventive architects, engaging the users is a goal that shapes every project, large and small.
Though their resources are modest they may, by example, inspire other Chinese architects and clients to follow their lead and develop a new language that draws on...