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Blueprint 265 In an issue that spans the world, this month’s cover story is an art museum designed by Chinese practice Urbanus in the surreal setting of the Dafen Oil Painting village. Situated in a suburb of Shenzhen – China’s fastest growing city – and standing empty almost a year after it was completed, the building provides a fascinating snapshot of a peculiar moment in China’s rapid development.

China is certainly the big story of 2008; the V&A’s major spring exhibition, China Design Now, is soon to open and the near-complete structures for the Beijing Olympics are attracting wonderment and moralistic dismay in equal measure. For Blueprint Edward Denison demonstrates how the foreign influx of architects to China, and the backlash against them, is nothing new. The same story occurred 100 years ago, and the historic comparison provides an insight into how a new Chinese architectural identity can be formed without recourse to the cliché of faux-Chinese roofs.

Back in Europe, Caroline Roux tracks down the Milanese design community’s new favourite artist, British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. In the interview Greenaway discusses his disappointment in contemporary cinema and his most recent installation, The Last Supper, which will form part of Salone del Mobile’s cultural programme.

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