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Landscape study focused on heights of buildings constructed in the 1950s and 1980s, by Professor Ruan Yisan, in Zhouzhuang. © Laurent Gueneau


Ruan Yisan, the militant champion of historic cities

“Ever the militant, he still has the vigour of youth whenever a battle is needed to preserve historic and cultural landscapes from an irreversible destruction that he ascribes to the lack of culture of decision-makers as well as to developers’ appetites.” The preservation policy of historic cities in China is deeply indebted to him: Ruan Yisan, Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, has unquestionably been the most ardent champion of China’s built heritage for over 60 years. A portrait by Françoise Ged, architect and academic in charge of the Observatory of the Architecture of Contemporary China at the Cit. de l’architecture & du patrimoine.

Click on the picture below to read the full article by Françoise Ged, published in AA 431. 

© Laurent Gueneau
© Photographs : Laurent Gueneau et Fondation Ruan Yisan

This article has been published in AA 431st issue – China’s committed architects – released in June 2019. Get your copy on our online shop.

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