Exporting Chinese Architecture : History, Issues and “One Belt One Road”

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages309
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-19-2786-7
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-2785-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022


This book studies the unexplored history of China-aided architecture erected in the developing world since the 1950s. By 2019, over 1,000 buildings had been delivered to more than 160 countries, including parliament houses, convention centers, stadiums, gymnasiums, theaters, schools, hospitals, libraries, railways, and stations. These projects, which have played a significant role in promoting economic transformation, cultural engagement and social and environmental well-being, have largely been overlooked or misunderstood by the international community. Why did China donate so many foreign-aid buildings? How were these buildings built in the remote land of developing countries with intricate influences and limited resources? Have they helped modernize the recipient countries? The authors of this book use a wide range of representative projects built in different historic periods and geographical locations as case studies to address the above questions from various perspectives.

This book fills an enormous gap in modern architecture in China and the world. It offers architectural students and scholars in various disciplines the necessary knowledge on "diplomatic architecture"; informs architects the appropriate methods of cross-border design and low-tech building; teaches government officials the best practice of donating and receiving foreign-aid buildings; and enhances public awareness of cultural diversity in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Latin America. With abundant first-hand materials, historical pictures, and drawings, the book is a must-read for those who are interested in modern architecture and developmental aid in the world.

Citation Format(s)

Exporting Chinese Architecture: History, Issues and “One Belt One Road”. / Xue, Charlie Qiuli (Editor); Ding, Guanghui (Editor).
Singapore: Springer, 2022. 309 p.

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