The rapid pace of change in Chinese urban landscapes has led to a resurge in interest in the architectural heritage of the “bourgeois era”. The Hungarian architect László Hudec, best known for the Grand Hotel in Shanghai (1931-34), is being rediscovered as a pioneer of Chinese modernism. János Gerle recalls the life and work of the technical and stylistic virtuouso.
is an architect and art historian, and editor of the architectural magazine Országépítô. His publications include books on turn-of-the-century and contemporary architecture including Palaces of Money – Bank Buildings of Budapest and The Architecture of Historic Hungary.