Confucius and Mao at the Mall

The new public art in China is a state-supported fusion of Communist, nationalist, and capitalist symbols. No real-estate development is complete without its nostalgic monument or futuristic palace of culture — a complicated boon for Chinese artists.

In China, local and regional governments are spending lavishly to establish a new kind of public space, marked by a fusion of Communist, nationalist, and capitalist symbols.

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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