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— by Nina Azzarello: over the past decade, as china’s economic boom and rapid urbanization continues, theaters have sprung up throughout the country — most with extravagant exteriors, but often spatially monotonous and detached from the general public and everyday urban life. after winning a competition to design the first theater in pingshan, a new district in the municipality of shenzhen, OPEN had the opportunity to take a critical look at the past development of theaters in china, and to explore new possibilities for the future…

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