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
August 2012
156 pages
illustrations throughout
HK$120 (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and Taiwan only)
US$20 (Other Countries)
Paperback 978-988-15005-8-8

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.