"The book highlights radical changes in China's economy and politics that have created new opportunities, new practices, and new debates in architecture. It will be of great interest to students of Chinese contemporary culture and architecture, and valuable as supplementary reading for courses on the global history of architecture."
"Presents evocative ideas through detailed accounts of various projects in different historical periods...[and]demonstrates that modernization has never been linear in regard to urban planning and architectural design in modern China."
-Qiu Zitong, The China Journal
"Shuishan Yu makes a compelling case for considering it as one of the world's most significant streets, if not, like the Champs Elysées, on its architectural and urbanistic merits, then by showing what it tells us about the evolution of post-imperial and in particular, post-revolutionary China, about how China presents itself to the world, and, most revealingly, about how China contrives its self-image."
-David Porter, China Quarterly, The
"By enlarging our understanding of the contexts, contradictions, and consequences of choices made my building Chang'an Avenue, Yu offers an effective multi-faceted view of changing modernity in Beijing."
-Charles M. Musgrove, Journal of Asian Studies