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Suzhou: Shaping An Ancient City for the New China: An EDAW/Pei Workshop
Helaine Kaplan (au); I.M. Pei (pf). Suzhou is Chinaís fabled garden city, home to the greatest collection of classical Chinese gardens in the world. Old Suzhou is threatened by redevelopment & the rush to modernization. In 1996, an team of landscape architects & planners was asked by Suzhouís mayor to confront this dilemma, & help prevent the loss of a cherished cultural resource. They introduced the workshop format to China, an innovation that produced an integrated economic & design plan in an astonishingly short time. This is the lively account of a landmark cross-cultural exchange -- the process, the plan, & the personalities. Includes an Afterword by I.M. Pei, who was born in Suzhou. Detailed color plans & photos.
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