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Wang Shu’s architecture of change in China

Aug 20, 2012
China Art Academy, Xiangshan School, Hangzhou

Wang Shu starts his day reading 17th century poetry and writing Chinese calligraphy. The first Chinese architect to win the Pritzker prize spent the last couple of years at the GSD teaching a course on traditional Chinese villages. And his work is showing China the way to bring the traditional in harmony with the modern.

“It’s possible to see Wang Shu’s work as a new vernacular,” said Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. “He’s actually deeply rooted in modernism. His work is not something that is just a replica of Chinese architecture or just a replica of Western architecture. It’s a fusion of different sensibilities.”  

Read more about Wang Shu in the August 12 article in the New York Times

Photo by Lu Wenyu



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