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CHINA - China de Mi Vida
June-November 2009

This blog is a series of reflections on China pertaining to the making and usage of its architecture and changing urban environments.

OVER the past 6 years I have spent a considerable amount of time living and working in China. Currently I am undertaking an extensive stay at North China University of Technology in Beijing as a visiting professor in the department of Architecture working primarily in the design studio and collaborating on diverse research projects with local faculty whom I know consider close friends.

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Irma E. Ramirez is a Professor of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She holds a Bachelor of arts in architecture from the University of California Berkeley, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles. Her experience lies in the areas of housing and urban design with a special focus on Mexico and China.



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The China that I now has not forgotten about their past, but is definately looking deep into the future. At what point did we forget about the current issues and build like crazy without taking into consideration the historical precedents? At what point will the future architects think about the endangered monuments that we now look at as ruins? I question if the Pyramids will ever crumble, will the Amazon ever run out, will the masses ever join as one again - will we ever vanish from this planet? I leave these questions on my mantle and I peak at them every now + then without an answer. What I am sure of is that I have three human species that are dependent on my success and will try hard to be with them no matter when + where these occurences happen. Only time will tell. Luis Alonso

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