Ultra-Modernism: Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria by Edward DenisonUltra-Modernism: Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria by Edward Denison

Ultra-Modernism: Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria

byEdward Denison, Guangyu Ren

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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The first half of the twentieth century was fraught with global tensions and political machinations. However, for all the destruction in that period, these geopolitical conditions in Manchuria cultivated an extraordinary variety of architecture and urban planning, which has completely escaped international attention until now. With over forty carefully chosen images, Ultra-Modernism: Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria is the first book in English that illustrates Manchuria's encounter with modernity through its built environment. Edward Denison and Guangyu Ren take readers through Russia's early territorial claims, Japan's construction of the South Manchuria Railway (SMR), and the establishment of Manchukuo in 1932. The book examines in detail the creation of modern cities along the SMR and focuses on three of the most important urban centers in Manchuria: the Russian-dominated city of Harbin, the port of Dalian, and the new capital of Manchukuo, Hsinking (Changchun).

Like so much of the world outside 'the West' during the twentieth century, Manchuria's encounter with modernity is merely a faint whisper drowned out by the deafening master narrative of Western-centric modernism. This book attempts to redress an imbalance in the modern history of China by studying the impact of Japan on architecture and planning beyond the depredations of the Sino-Japanese War.

Edward Denison is an architectural historian and photographer based in London, where he teaches architectural history and theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.Guangyu Ren is an architect and researcher based in London.
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Title:Ultra-Modernism: Architecture and Modernity in ManchuriaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:152 pagesPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Hong Kong University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9888390503

ISBN - 13:9789888390502

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