Book and Cover
Title: Building Subjects
Author/Editor: Author: De Peter Yi / Editor: Reto Geiser
Design Firm: Normal and Some All None
Creative Director: Renata Graw and Jeremiah Chiu
Book Designer: Renata Graw, Jeremiah Chiu, Crystal Zapata and Tim Curley
Illustrator: De Peter Yi
Photographer: De Peter Yi
Other Credits: Interviewer/Historian: Nancy P. Lin ; Copy editors: Rachel Julia Engler and Amelia Hazinski
Building Subjects revolves around collective housing in China, an architectural challenge expressive of the country's ongoing negotiations between its rich history and undetermined future. The study combines typological research with the modes of the architectural manifesto by establishing an exchange between cultural-historical observations, the consideration of contemporary socio-economic pressures, and evolving architectural aspirations. Through a close reading of spaces from monumental utopian communes in Beijing to round earthen dwellings in the Fujian province, Building Subjects stages collective housing as a key to residential architecture in China. The publication is simultaneously inward and outward looking, and this duality is also reflected in its meticulously composed layout: documentary photography and detailed axonometric drawings are juxtaposed to establish a correspondence between old and new, between reality and projection.
Building Subjects, the fourth issue of Standpunkte, is a collaboration between the architect De Peter Yi, the art historian Nancy P. Lin, and the graphic design studios Normal and Some All None.
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