Please join us in welcoming Renee Chow for a reading and signing of her new book Changing Chinese Cities: The Potentials of Field Urbanism.
As branded superstructures increasingly dominate metropolitan skylines, and rapid urban growth threatens to erode the character and legibility of cities, urban planners need new design strategies to sustain urban identity and livability says Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Renee Chow.
Renee Chow examines Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin as case studies to vibrantly demonstrate how a “field urbanism” approach can be used to integrate urban and architectural systems across sites and individual building. Until the middle of the twentieth century, Chinese urban life revolved around courtyards. Whether for housing or retail, administration or religion, everyday activities took place in a field of pavilions and walls that shaped collective ways of living. Changing Chinese Cities: The Potentials of Field Urbanism (NUS Press) explores the reciprocal relations between compounds and how they inform a distinct and legible urbanism.