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Chinese architecture : a history

Throughout history, China has maintained one of the world's richest built civilizations. The nation's architectural achievements range from its earliest walled cities and the First Emperor's vision of city and empire, to bridges, pagodas, and the twentieth-century constructions of the Socialist state. In this beautifully illustrated book, Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt presents the first fully comprehensive survey of Chinese architecture in any language. With rich political and historical context, Steinhardt covers forty centuries of architecture, from the genesis of Chinese building through to the twenty-first century and the challenges of urban expansion and globalism. Steinhardt follows the extraordinary breadth of China's architectural legacy--including excavation sites, gardens, guild halls, and relief sculpture--and considers the influence of Chinese architecture on Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Tibet. Architectural examples from Chinese ethnic populations and various religions are examined, such as monasteries, mosques, observatories, and tombs. Steinhardt also shows that Chinese architecture is united by a standardized system of construction, applicable whether buildings are temples, imperial palaces, or shrines. Every architectural type is based on the models that came before it, and principles established centuries earlier dictate building practices. China's unique system has allowed its built environment to stand as a profound symbol of Chinese culture
Print Book, English, 2019
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2019
ix, 388 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
9780691169989, 0691169985
Introduction: Beyond the forbidden city; Genesis of Chinese buildings and cities; Architecture of the First Emperor and his predecessors; Han architecture; And age of turmoil: three kingdoms, two jins, sixteen states; Northern dynasties and southern dynasties; Sui and Tang: architecture for empires; five dynasties and ten kingdoms; Grandeur and magnificence under Liao and Western Xia; The Chinese building standards; Song elegance and jin opulence; The Chinese city between Tang and Ming; The Mongol century; The Chinese imperial city and its architecture, Ming and Qing; Late imperial architecture in Chinese style; Convergences Lamaist, Dai, Islamic; Garden and House; China comes to Europe, Europe comes to China, Chinese students come to the United States; Conclusion: Resolving the forbidden city