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EASTERN PROMISES: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Production in East Asia

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Eds.: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Andreas Fogarasi and Christian Teckert
German English
304 pages, 650 illustrations
27 x 21 cm, softcover
MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2013

In the cultural landscape of East Asia, especially in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, pioneering architectural projects are currently being created in which local conditions and traditions play just as important a role as knowledge of global media technologies.

This architecture is less interested in iconic objects and spectacular forms than in a structural realignment of society in its spatial dimensions. Social awareness, ecological strategies and artistic practices are linked in new ways. This heralds a social aesthetic whose strategies are becoming increasingly important in global dealings with scarcer resources. The volume presents more than sixty architectural projects in East Asia, offers essays on the relationship between architecture and everyday spatial practice, which varies depending on the country, and is supplemented by graphic and photographic mapping of locally-specific spatial symptoms and phenomena.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Eastern Promises Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Production in East Asia (June 5, 2013 – October 6, 2013) at the MAK.

Texts and essays by Andreas Fogarasi, Bert de Muynck & Monica Carriço, Christian Teckert, Christina Nägele, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Harry den Hartog, Julian Worrall, Jun Jiang, Kim Sung Hong, Roan Ching-yueh.


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