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Chinese spatial strategies : Imperial Beijing, 1420-1911

Author: Jianfei Zhu
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on early Ming and early and middle Qing, this text explores architectural, urban and geographical space of Beijing, in relation to issues of history, geopolitics, urban social structure,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jianfei Zhu
ISBN: 0415318831 9780415318839
OCLC Number: 59287727
Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction: Beijing as a Critical Problem In Search of a Chinese Space Outline of the Research and the Argument A Note on Method 1. A Geo-Political Project 2. City Plan as Ideology A Classical Tradition Neo-Confucianism 3. Social Space of the City A City of Cities Space of the State Space of Society Concluding Notes 1: Architecture of the City and the Land 4. A Sea of Walls: The Purple Forbidden Palace 5. The Palace: Framing a Political Landscape The Inner Court as a Corporeal Space The Outer Court as an Institutional Space A Composition of Forces 6. The Palace: a Battlefield Flows of Reports and Directives Defence Recurring Crises 7. Constructs of Authority Legalism and The Art of War Vis-a-vis the Panopticon: Two Ages of Reason Concluding Notes 2: Architecture as a Machine of the State 8. A Religious Discourse Composing and Building the Discourse Performing an Ideology 9. Formal Compositions: Visual and Existential Beijing as a Scroll Vis-a-vis 'Cartesian Perspectivalism': Two Ways of Seeing Concluding Notes 3: Architecture of Horizon Appendix: dynasties, reigns and emperors Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Jianfei Zhu.
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