Eastern Promises

Zeitgenössische Architektur und Raumproduktion in Ostasien

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Eastern Promises
Zeitgenössische Architektur und Raumproduktion in Ostasien

Ed. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Andreas Fogarasi, Christian Teckert, MAK, Wien, text(s) by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Andreas Fogarasi, Christian Teckert, Jun Jiang, Harry den Hartog, Bert de Muynck, Julian Worrall, Mónica Carriço, Sung Hong Kim, Roan Ching-yueh, Alke Thamsen, Christina Nägele, graphic design by Perndl+Co

German, English

2013. 304 pp., 650 ills.

21.30 x 27.20 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3670-1

A new type of architecture is emerging in East Asia’s cultural landscape

Pioneering archtectural projects are currently originating in the East Asian countries of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan. Not only do local conditions and traditions play a role that is just as important as knowledge of global media technologies, social awareness, ecological strategies, as well as artistic practices are also being combined in a new way. This architecture is less interested in iconic objects and spectacular forms, but rather more in a structural rearrangement of society in its spatial dimensions. A social aesthetic is being ushered in whose strategies are more mindful of the world’s diminishing resources.The volume introduces more than sixty architectural projects in East Asia. It includes essays on the various relationship between architecture and everyday spatial practice in the individual countries, and is supplemented by graphic and photographic mapping of uniquely Asian phenomena.

Exhibition schedule: MAK, Vienna, June 5–October 6, 2013

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