Great Leap Forward contains essays which explore, in a theoretical thesis advisor Rem Koolhaas & students from the fields of architecture, landscape. Hear about Rem Koolhaas’s museum design, created a decade after he brought graduate students to China to study the growth of the Pearl. Great Leap Forward by Rem Koolhaas, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Judy Chung Chuihua, Jeffrey Inaba, Rem Koolhaas & Sze Tsung Leong eds., Great Leap Forward

The Pearl River Delta is without any doubt the region that has undergone the most radical transformation as a result of the past twenty years of reforms. Previously with low levels of industrialisation and urbanisation, today it is the primary source of Chinese exports, to which the two Special Economic Zones of Shenzhen and Breat are major contributors.

The Delta brings together 12 million inhabitants, and projections are for a tripling of the population by The aim of this collective publication is to understand the new urban context that is emerging in the area. The voluminous work of over pages is not an academic kollhaas and clearly sets out its playful side.

The editor is a famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhas who is assisted here by his American colleagues, both architects and designers. The work is in fact the outcome of a study carried out in by students of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design at the Harvard Design School.


In his preface, Rem Koolhas justifies the undertaking by the absence of appropriate intellectual tools available to town planners to understand the processes at work in the region. Whereas a traditional city seeks to produce a balance, a harmony and a certain degree of homogeneity, the Greaat is based on the biggest differences possible between its various parts, differences that are both complementary and in competition with each other. The main characteristic of the CWED is not to tend methodically towards an ideal, but to exploit opportunistically the elements of chance, the fortuitous events and imperfections of the process.

Accordingly, the work aims to make an important intellectual contribution to an understanding of current features of urban life. In order to do this, it constructs a series of notions that are humorously copyrighted by the koolhaaas in a glossary pp. The editorial part of the work brings together interesting contributions.

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Forwarv is also some useful information on the architectural profession pp. Three chapters are specifically devoted to the cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Dongguan. It is also in Shenzhen that an emblem of the contemporary Chinese city, the revolving restaurant, was invented and mass produced there are ten of them in a single confined area.

Rather it is the set of incomparable pictures it shows us.

From the opening pages of the work these realities are the billboards of the real estate koolhaas that unrelentingly line the byways of the Delta, which are all the more necessary in that the flats are sold even before the apartment leao rise from the ground and that they are therefore the only sight that the purchasers have of their future property.


These realities are also the polluting and dilapidated factories that lie scattered throughout the countryside, a legacy of the Great Leap Forward; the countless plans for urban development in Shenzen or Zhuhai; the office blocks forwsrd are constructed more quickly here than anywhere else in the world; the districts that house the migrant population living in Shenzhen; a plaster statue of Hercules in the garden of a holiday village in Zhuhai, or a tree pruned in the shape of a dragon at a road junction.

They also grea the politicians who have made the region over the past twenty years: Deng Xiaoping and Chris Patten; and finally, the spectacular transport infrastructure of motorways, railways, ports and airports. Admittedly, the work raises more questions than it answers, but it does not forget the challenges facing the region, notably that concerning the collaboration between competing administrative or political entities 1.

Project on the City I: Great Leap Forward

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