Writing In(to) Architecture 速寫建築

China’s Architectural Design and Construction Since 1949 一九四九年以來的中國建築寫作與創建

Sylvia Chan 陳曼霞

ISBN : 978-988-15005-8-8

Architecture, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies Other Distributed Titles

August 2012

156 pages, 12.375″ x 7.125″, illustrations throughout

  • HK$120.00

Using detailed examples from field journals and the mass media, Sylvia Chan traces the evolution of architectural journalism in China from 1949 to the present. She takes us from the propagandistic writings of the Mao era, when the government used architectural journalism to enforce successive waves of politically fashionable architectural principles, to the contemporary “free-for-all” discourse—now stretching into the blogosphere—where politics and nationalism sometimes masquerade as architectural debate. Additionally, Chan identifies important issues that transcend China, weaving in broader insights about the role of the architecture critic in society.


After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and her Master of Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, Sylvia Chan went on to earn her Master of Arts in Architectural Histories and Theories at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.