The Beautified China catalogue
This photoseries is part of the Beautified China series which collects and archives the architecture boom of the last decade.
Whereas series I (2017) was a mere introduction to the phenomenon and looked at what happened to the proposals and buildings leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Series II (2018) captured a deeper understanding of the scale this architecture boom had. By focusing on China’s “other cities” Beautified China II collected unique architecture from cities somewhat unknown in the west.
Shanghai Shapes (2018) is a side step to the general overarching theme and delves deeper into the architecture that shaped China’s largest city. 25 images portray the variety in shapes, forms, colors and patterns used to distinguish buildings.
The series will continue with a final part III (2019) as a conclusion to the entire project. A last look in the vast depths of this massive country.
Beautified China is a collection and status update of China’s architecture.
China was the past, China is the future. Architecture has played an important role in uplifting living qualities of hundreds of millions of Chinese, while also creating a face to the world.