Decoding Kashgar: China’s Westernmost City on the Historical Silk Road

Serdar Aydin, Marc Aurel Schnabel*

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This photobook portrays Kashgar, the westernmost city in China and once considered one of the best preserved examples of a traditional Islamic city in Central Asia. With a renewal project, nearly 80 percent of the old houses have been replaced with new ones that just look sufficiently old to make a visitor feel in a fictional world of Kashgar’s maze-like urban pattern with narrow alleyways and tunnels. “The fictional is authentic; the authentic is fictional.” Celebrating this dualism between fiction and authenticity, this book is an attempt for a visual integration between them with 13 sections, each with their own stories and themes based on content ranging from historical architecture to people of Kashgar and from black-and white urban scenes to digital reconstructions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDigital Architecture Research Alliance, DARA
Number of pages306
ISBN (Print)9-780473-399962
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


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