In China, a New Architectural Identity

In China, a New Architectural Identity

A robust economy and massive population migration are fueling a building boom across the country. But what the rash of new structures says about changing Chinese society may be as important as the buildings themselves. | Q&A, Thursday at 1 p.m. ET

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Iconic Venues of Imported Inspiration (By Philip Kennicott; Post, August 7, 2008)
The star architecture of the Olympics is meant to be eye-catching. But it is also designed to keep the public focused on flashpoints of beauty -- purchased at great cost from outside China -- rather than the great sea of concrete mediocrity that they can rightfully claim as their own.

Sizing Up a Mega-City (By Philip Kennicott; Post, August 4, 2008)
The Olympics will draw the eyes of the world to China like never before. In the sprawling city of Shanghai, there's almost too much to take in.

Towering Ambition (By Philip Kennicott; Post, June 22, 2008)
Driven by a booming economy and a huge population migration to the country's cities, making new buildings is a round-the-clock, frantic, awe-inspiring national obsession.

Live Discussion
Washington Post architecture critic Philip Kennicott takes your questions and comments about these stories Thursday, August 7 at 1 p.m. ET.

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