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Architectural encounters with essence and form in modern China

Author: Peter G Rowe; Seng Kuan
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2002.
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"Built around snatches of discussion overheard in a Beijing design studio, this book explores attitudes toward architecture in China since the opening of the Treaty Ports in the 1840s. Central to the discussion are the concepts of ti and yong, or "essence" and "form," Chinese characters that are used to define the proper arrangement of what should be considered modern and essentially Chinese. Ti and yong have gone  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter G Rowe; Seng Kuan
ISBN: 026218219X 9780262182195 026268151X 9780262681513
OCLC Number: 48265632
Description: 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Traditionalism versus modernism in China --
Foreign influences and the first generation of Chinese architects --
Four architectural attitudes toward modernization --
The "big roof" controversy --
Struggles with modernism --
The "culture fever" --
A commodification and internationalization of architecture --
Modernization in China --
Appendix A. Profiles of selected Chinese architects and schools --
Appendix B. Glossary of terms.
Responsibility: Peter G. Rowe and Seng Kuan.
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