New Chinese Architecture

Published by Thames & Hudson, I got this just before the lockdown started. China has a lot to answer for in terms of human rights, and there is something about what I see as the culture that exerts pressure on it to grow. With a huge proportion of the population heading for the cities, that pressure has resulted in growth unlike anything I’ve ever been aware of. This book seems to capture that in the dynamism of the architects called on to shape the buildings and the cities they populate.

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Estonia

I freely admit I knew almost nothing about Estonia when I decided to visit. Geography is something that has always interested me but all I knew was that the capital is Tallinn and that it had been a part of the USSR. There was an element of surprise when I saw how far north it was. Recognising the need for a bit less ignorance, I got a couple of books that helped:

Wallpaper* City Guide Tallinn gave me an deeper look at the cultural and artistic aspects of the city while the Bradt guide provided more practical advice.