The Shanxi Grand Theater : The "Renaissance" of Chinese Drama Land

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference: Architecture Across Boundaries
PublisherKnowledge E
Pages248-267
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Publication series

NameKnE Social Sciences
ISSN (Print)2518-668X

Conference

TitleInternational Conference on Architecture Across Boundaries
LocationXi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
PlaceChina
CitySuzhou
Period19 - 21 June 2019

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Abstract

This paper focuses on Taiyuan city, a second-tier Chinese city with a brilliant history that had been gradually reduced to mediocrity. When an ambitious governor took office, he planned to carry out an urban revitalization process in which cultural facilities would become symbols of power and represent the city's identity or define its character. The importation of Western-style architecture and urban design for the performing arts offer a way out. The 'perfect copies' of European lifestyle, through the way of architectural, urbanism transplant, seemed to serve as a potent symbol of China authority's ability to control and rearrange the worldwide intelligence for their citizen. The authors investigated Taiyuan and its performance spaces, examine the Shanxi Grand Theatre in terms of designs, layouts and uses, expectations, and disappointments in spatial terms both within and in relation to urban spaces, which epitomized China's strategy on balancing the elite cultural monuments and social welfare.

Research Area(s)

  • The Shanxi Grand Theatre, performing art space, importation of design, international architecture

Citation Format(s)

The Shanxi Grand Theater: The "Renaissance" of Chinese Drama Land. / Xiao, Yingbo; Xue, Charlie Q. L.
International Conference: Architecture Across Boundaries. Knowledge E, 2019. p. 248-267 (KnE Social Sciences).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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