Highlights from SAHARA: China

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editor | Nov 16, 2015
This month we’re highlighting the content in SAHARA from one country: China. There are nearly 3,000 images of historic and contemporary structures, cities and towns, and designed landscapes representing China. The range of content and the regions covered is remarkable, and attests to the varied research interests and travels of our contributors. Below are a few samples. Please visit SAHARA to explore what else it holds.

To visit this collection, and see what else SAHARA holds, go to: http://sahara.artstor.org/library/portals/SAHARA/rloginSAH.html
(try searching on "Shanghai Expo" to see one interesting subset)

And to learn more about contributing to SAHARA, visit:
http://www.sah.org/publications-and-research/sahara

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View of interior courtyard and corridors of Xiaochun Lou in Nanjing, Fujian Province. This tulou was built in the 1960s. Photo by Jing Zheng, 2009.


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Red Brick Art Galleries by Ai Weiwei’s architecture firm Fake Design, built in 2007 in the Caochangdi neighbourhood of Beijing. Photo by Eduard Koegel, 2009.


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The Lion Grove Literary Garden (Wenyuan Shizilin), a mountain complex where one can escape the heat, is located in Chengde, Hebei Province. It was built in the Qianlong period, ca. 1766. Photo by Stephen H. Whiteman, 2013.

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The Expo Axis at the 2010 World’s Fair in Shanghai. Designed by SBA Architects, it has the largest membrane roof in the world (65,000 square meters). Photo by Lisa Schrenk, 2010.

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Interior of a 19th century residential building in Guanqian, Fujian Province. Photo by Wei Zhao, 2012.

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Detail of the Beijing City Plan model in the Exhibition Hall of the Beijing Planning Museum which opened in 2004. Photo by Dell Upton, 2006.

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View of the public square of Anting German Town, founded in 2001 to accommodate an automobile industry expansion, and never finished. It is in a suburb of Shanghai.   Photo by Cole Roskam, 2010.   




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