Description : A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture: Past, Present, Future examines the impact of Chinese philosophy on China’s historic structures, as well as on modern Chinese urban aesthetics and architectural forms. For architecture in China moving forward, author David Wang posits a theory, the New Virtualism, which links current trends in computational design with long-standing Chinese philosophical themes. The book also assesses twentieth-century Chinese architecture through the lenses of positivism, consciousness (phenomenology), and linguistics (structuralism and poststructuralism). Illustrated with over 70 black-and-white images, this book establishes philosophical baselines for assessing architectural developments in China, past, present and future.
Description : Ancient Chinese architecture is not only a source of reference for modern Chinese design, it has also had an international influence and attracted global attention. Moreover, architectural remains in China reveal much about the history of this ancient civilisation. The palaces, gardens, temples, tombs and dwellings of the Chinese people reflect, for example, the military achievements of the Qin emperor, the spirit of the Tang Dynasty, the palace intrigues of the Ming Dynasty, the diversity of Chinese culture through the ages and the skill of countless generations of craftsmen and labourers. Chinese Architecture provides an accessible, illustrated introduction to this essential part of China's cultural heritage.
Description : Investigating the historical tradition of Chinese architectural writing from antiquity to the twelfth century, Chinese Architecture and Metaphor reveals significant and fascinating social and cultural phenomena in the most important primary text for the study of the Chinese building tradition. Unlike previous scholarship, which has reviewed this imperially commissioned architectural manual largely as a technical work, this volume considers the Yingzao fashi’s unique literary value and explores the rich cultural implications in and behind its technical content. Utilizing a philological approach, the author pays particular attention to the traditional and contemporary architectural terminology presented in the Yingzao fashi. In examining the semantic meaning of the architectural terms used in the manual, he uncovers a systematic architectural metaphor wherein bracketing elements are likened to flowers, flowering branches, and foliage: Thus pillars with bracketing above are compared to blossoming trees. More importantly, this intriguing imagery was shared by different social groups, in particular craftsmen and literati, and craftsmen themselves employed literary knowledge in naming architectural elements. Relating these phenomena to the unprecedented flourishing of literature, the literati’s greater admiration of technical knowledge, and the higher intellectual capacity of craftsmen during the Song, Architecture and Metaphor demonstrates how the learned and “unlearned” cultures entangled in the construction of architectural knowledge in premodern China. It convincingly shows that technical language served as a faithful carrier of contemporary popular culture and aesthetic concepts. Chinese Architecture and Metaphor demonstrates a high level of engagement with a broad spectrum of sophisticated Chinese sources. It will become a classic work for all students and scholars of East Asian architecture.
Description : C.Y. Lee & Partners is an architectural firm led by renowned architects, C.Y. Lee and C.P. Wang, with four partners – V.T. Wu, James Wang, Chuck Chen and Victor Huang. In the three decades since its founding in 1978, C.Y. Lee & Partners has adhered to the architectural design principles based on oriental philosophy in all of its designs. They have been repeatedly recognised, locally and internationally, for their creative contributions to high-rise, commercial and residential architecture, outstanding cultural approach in urban planning and continuous focus on oriental philosophies. This monograph is one that truly stands apart. This is a big statement about big buildings that have big impact. The scale of architecture produced by C.Y. Lee & Partners has a strong visual impact. This book is a complete joy to read and you cannot help but feel you are witnessing a type of poetry or artwork as you are mesmerised within its pages. C.Y. Lee has not only made use of the term ‘room for expression’ in his designs, but also successfully plays it to the fullest extent to test the waters of ‘different expression’ like no other architect has ever dared to do. This reflects the courage and painstaking effort he has exhibited in his endeavours to elevate architectural creation into the realm of the arts. The architecture featured in this ground-breaking monograph will leave you inspired!
Description : In this volume, Hui Zou analyzes historical, architectural, visual, literary, and philosophical perspectives on the Western-styled garden that formed part of the great Yuanming Yuan complex in Beijing, constructed during the Qing dynasty. Designed and built in the late eighteenth century by Italian and French Jesuits, the garden described in this book was a wonderland of multistoried buildings, fountains, labyrinths, and geometrical hills. It even included an open-air theater. Through detailed examination of historical literature and representations, Zou analyzes the ways in which the Jesuits accommodated their design within the Chinese cultural context. He shows how an especially important element of their approach was the application of a linear perspective the "line-method"-to create the jing, the Chinese concept of the bounded bright view of a garden scene. Hui Zou's book demonstrates how Jesuit metaphysics fused with Chinese cosmology and broadens our understanding of cultural and religious encounters in early Chinese modernity. It presents an intriguing reflection on the interaction between Western metaphysics and the poetical tradition of Chinese culture. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students in a variety of fields, including literature, philosophy, architecture, landscape and urban studies, and East-West comparative cultural studies.
Description : Frank Lloyd Wright first noted the affinity between modern Western architecture and the philosophy of the ancient Chinese writer Laotzu. In this classic work, Amos Ih Tiao Chang expands on that idea, developing the parallel with the aid of architectural drawings and Chinese paintings. Now with a new foreword by David Wang, this book reveals the vitality of intangible, or negative, elements. Chang writes that these qualities make architectonic forms "come alive, become human, naturally harmonize with one another, and enable us to experience them with human sensibility." The Tao of Architecture continues to be essential reading for understanding the intersection between architecture and philosophy.
Description : Examines achitecture and urban design as a joint entity, using socio-cultural studies to develop a complete picture of the forces that shape Chinese design. This study incorporates information from other disciplines - history, archeology, anthropology - to elaborate the discussions and conclusions. It highlights the influence of Chinese thoughts, behavior and ethics upon the formation of their distinctive spatial form.
Description : Established in June 1994, CCDI is a comprehensive design company based in Shanghai. With branch offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and New York, CCDI is one of the fastest growing design firms in East Asia. After more than a decade of growth, CCDI has accumulated many strengths and technological achievements, including outstanding professional skills, project management, planning consulting, construction techniques, ecological energy saving, and construction costs estimates. CCDI is committed to providing socially significant and innovative designs to the public, with projects ranging from office buildings to public plazas, arts and culture centers to sports stadiums. CCDI rigorously explores new technologies and believes that society can benefit through the realization and application of its architectural philosophy. Projects at CCDI are created using the principles of integrated design that utilize the resources of city environments, technology, topology and climate, and local public culture in order to find design solutions to fit the diverse needs of the public. As one of the principal architects for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, CCDI designed a number of important sports centers, including the National Swimming Center (the Water Cube) and the Olympic Green Tennis Center. During the past 14 years, CCDI has been recognized nationally as one of Asia's leading design firms in the field of architecture and has won more than 90 professional awards.