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The point of entry of this compilation of the best Contemporary Chinese Architecture is the WEST BUND 2013: A BIENNIAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND CONTEMPORARY ART, held in the waterfront of Xuhui District, Shanghai from October to December 2013. Architecture in China is currently at the forefront of cultural innovation, and in the meantime, it is the inner drive of social development. The purpose of this book is to review its relationships with the international debate, as well as show the space of the Chinese architects and its social imagination.
China has become a worldwide "test field" for the architecture. "China Speed" -- its collectivistic mass production and explosive development -- draws the world's attention. This publication will present and review the architectural climate and practice progress of contemporary Chinese architecture during the first decade of the new millen- nium. Through analyzing and reflecting on the best Chinese architectural production, a new cultural era will be shown in Mapping China.