Published: January 1, 2019

Building Subjects

Through original texts, drawings, and photographs, Building Subjects questions the dominant Western narrative on modern housing through the lens of collectively-adapted housing structures in China. Observing that the contemporary Chinese city is built on the foundation of anachronistic housing forms, Buildings Subjects instead posits modern housing as continuously adapted structures through which residents negotiate with the unrelenting change of society. Collaboratively designed with graphic designers Renata Graw of Normal and Jeremiah Chiu of Some All None, the book’s unique book-within-a-book binding and layout design mirrors its content – readers are invited to explore multiple possible narratives curated through the book’s pages.