Chinese Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Manual
"Investigating the historical tradition of Chinese architectural writing from antiquity to the twelfth century, Chinese Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Manual reveals significant and fascinating social and cultural phenomena in the most important primary text for the study of the Chinese building tradition. Unlike previous scholarship, which has reviewed this imperially commissioned architectural manual largely as a technical work, this volume considers the Yingzao Fashi’s unique literary value and explores the rich cultural implications in and behind its technical content”. Continue reading.
China in Ten Words
China in Ten Words by Yu Hua is not a creative or design book per se, but it is “a good encapsulation of all that is contemporary China”. In other words, if you are interested in learning more about the state of Chinese design, then this is a good place to start.
"Taiwanese designer Alice Wang has conceived the Quote Vendor - a vending machine that distributes passages of writing in clear plastic bottles. The concept is informed by contemporary society’s hunger for fast food-style information - from Facebook to Twitter and text messaging, people are becoming more and more accustomed to short, digestible pieces of information.
The experience is similar to the anticipation upon opening a fortune cookie. Wang hopes this will entice people to learn more from whatever writing they have been given, and maybe finish that 300-page novel they have been meaning to”. Via designboom.
Art, Design, Culture: The History of Penguin By Design
"Art, Design, Culture: The History of Penguin By Design, a landmark exhibition first displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is coming to Asia for the first time, visiting Beijing, Hangzhou and Seoul.
Featuring hundreds of original and rare book jackets and artwork, the exhibition is a celebration of British history, design, literature and culture. This exhibition charts not only the changes in tastes of readers, but chronicles a history of international design: work by the world’s top graphic, fashion and design talents will be featured, accompanied by author events, designer talks, children’s sessions and much more”. Exhibition details.
Get It Louder (GIL) is back, this time under the theme Future. The Beijing exhibition will take place in Sanlitun Village from 4-20 November 2012, whilst this year’s chief curators are Chen Jiaojiao and Peng Yangjun (also editor-in-chief of Outlook Magazine); assisted by seven sub-curators including Liu Zhizhi and Zhang Da. As in previous years, GIL 2012 will showcase works in the categories of art, architecture/space and products, literature, film and sound.