In the Absence of Authenticity: An Interpretation of Contemporary Chinese Architecture

Pu Miao


Like human beings, architecture has to choose its way of existence: a personality true to one's own nature or the preconceived roles of an actor. From this Heideggerian view, the paper examines the formal characteristics of contemporary Chinese architecture. It also explores how social and cultural conditions and intellectuals' sense of responsibility have contributed to the current state of architecture in China.

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