China-aided conference buildings in developing countries : a mosaic analysis of database

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Journal / PublicationJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
Online published29 Feb 2024
Publication statusOnline published - 29 Feb 2024


The China-aided conference building has garnered global attention due to its diplomatic implications, symbolic representation, iconic stature, and bilateral cultural expression. These constructions play a significant role in the cross-cultural communication of Chinese architecture under the One Belt and One Road Initiative (BRI). Despite the prevalence of such buildings with China’s aid, there exists a substantial gap in the systematic and comprehensive research on this topic. This study constructed a database of 157 China-aided conference buildings, spanning from 1962 to 2022. This data was subsequently analyzed by a mosaic approach, employing a model of six indicators across two dimensions: macro characteristics and building ontology. The results indicate that the macro-distribution characteristics mirror China’s trends in international cooperation and development and are closely tied to China’s political policies and economic conditions. Chinese architects exhibit eclectic expressions, incorporating modern architectural language, local culture, and Chinese architectural culture. These findings also highlight the ongoing evolution of the Chinese architectural knowledge system. This research complements Chinese architecture and China’s aid, offering designers, researchers, and policymakers in cross-border architecture a comprehensive perspective and design trends of China-aided conference buildings. This is particularly beneficial for the cross-cultural communication of overseas architectural cooperation under the BRI.

© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of the Architectural Institute of Japan, Architectural Institute of Korea and Architectural Society of China.

Research Area(s)

  • China-aided conference building, ime-space distribution, cross-cultural expression, developing countries, the BRI