China's architecture can be seen as a mirror of the country's development as a whole. During China's reform and opening up in the past 30 years, the country and its architecture have undergone great changes, developing at an overwhelming speed. In the past ten years, in particular, as China has strengthened its global ties, it has also experienced increasingly close cooperation between Chinese and foreign architects. This communication and exchange of ideas has resulted in an impressive number of internationally-recognized design projects.
While introducing details of construction—including date, location, use and technical information—the book also focuses on the aesthetic contribution these innovative buildings have made to China's urban landscape. The book's abundant images further enhance the reader's understanding of architectural styles and design features.