Wang Shu, China's Champion of Slow Architecture

Wang Shu recycles old stones in protest of breakneck development
Wang’s design for the History Museum in Ningbo evokes an ancient fortress Photograph by Iwan Baan

The day after Chinese architect Wang Shu was awarded the $100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s equivalent of a Nobel, in May 2012, he returned to the old Beijing neighborhood where he grew up and found it in the process of being demolished. The hutong, with its maze of narrow streets and traditional courtyard houses, was being sacrificed to make room for a new philosophy center.

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