New Museums in China
China's explosive urban growth continues to make headlines, illustrated by dramatic shots of the latest commercial or residential buildings, each more outstanding (and often more outlandish) than the next. As the country's new money matures, it is increasingly being redirected from the necessity of industry to the nicety of culture. While the recession has put a damper on plans for new cultural venues in many world cities, museums in China are booming. Once scarce, they have multiplied rapidly, with more than one thousand opening during the last decade. They are now found throughout the country in megacities, smaller urban centers, and even in more remote places like Ordos, Inner Mongolia (in the middle of the Gobi Desert). New Museums in China presents fifty-one of the most innovative museums of the last ten years in beautiful photographs, detailed drawings, and insightful texts based on interviews with an international slate of architects. This spectacular collection makes an excellent survey and sourcebook for architects, art and design enthusiasts, and Sinophiles alike.