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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Timezone 8; Bilingual edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881803365
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881803368
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gimme closet space on December 9, 2009
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More like a visual travel report with 95% color photos/collages and 5% text content. Lacks in-depth exploration on the cause and effect of HZ's urban development and branded architecture in relations to the formation of the new chinese middle-class urbanite lifestyle. This book is definitely a photo documentation with a slightest touch of historic & economic background/explanation. 1 star for the historic and statistic research, 1 star for the visual/observation, 1 star for the color prints.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicolai Oursoussoff on December 8, 2009
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The frantic pace of urbanization in China has made conventional urban planning strategies seem pointless. How, after all, do you plan cities that grow by a few million inhabitants in less than a decade? "Learning from Hangzhou" is a delirious effort to make sense of this historic urban phenomenon. The book, whose title is a witty reference to Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour's 1972 book, "Learning from Las Vegas," examines everything from the Chinese city's rampant commercialization to the poor quality of housing for its migrant workers and the constant, 24-hour cycles of demolition and construction. This may be as close as you can get to seeing the future, and it's both euphoric and terrifying
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