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Shopping Malls and Public Space in Modern China by Nicholas Jewell download in ePub, pdf, iPad

Nicholas Jewell illuminates the social and spatial production of distinctive architecture in the Chinese consumerist society. Much architectural criticism has failed to address the levels of meaning implicit within the shopping mall, yet it is a building type whose public popularity has guaranteed its endurance. This examination of Chinese shopping malls offers a timely and relevant case study of what is happening in all our cities today. This beautifully illustrated book is a must-read for those who wish to understand the future of public space in high-density cities. Much architectural criticism fails to address the levels of meaning implicit within the shopping mall.

Nicholas Jewell illuminates the

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These mall complexes have become cities in and of themselves, accommodating tens of thousands of people who live, work, and play within a single structure. Mall City features Hong Kong as a unique rendering of an advanced consumer society. Forging new understandings of both the shopping mall and the Chinese city, it links the evolution of this problematic building type to an emerging Chinese nationalism, lifestyle and class structure.

If architecture is to remain a relevant social art then a more holistic understanding of this phenomenon is a necessary and integral part of the process of adapting to globalizing forces. Highlighting the effects of this development in Hong Kong, this book raises questions about architecture, city planning, culture, and urban life. Retail space has come a long way since the nineteenth-century covered passages of Paris, which once awed the bourgeoisie with glass roofs and gaslights.

Consequently, if architecture is to remain a relevant social art, a more holistic understanding of this phenomenon will be indispensable to the process of adapting to globalizing forces. Statistical hyperbole has been accompanied by a plethora of highly publicized architectural forms that brand the regeneration of its increasingly globalized urban centres.

Much architectural criticism has failed