Dr Adam Brillhart, an American architect living in east China's Suzhou, has been fascinated with the city's dual character, the combination of tradition and modernity, since he moved here in 2018.

As an assistant professor at XJTLU’s Design School, he has done research on historical preservation in the old town area of Suzhou, focusing on the renovation of historical buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features.

In contrast to old town’s historical planning and buildings, Suzhou Industrial Park is a modern and planned area, and presents a clear difference with the older areas.

“When I think about Suzhou, I reflect on some of its opposing qualities. It reminds me of the Suzhou embroidery fan, which has two sides that have different colors or even shapes,” says Dr Brillhart.

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