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Language: English
Format: 1 book
Page: 107
Publication Date: 05/2002
ISBN: 9787508503707
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China has a vast territory and an extremely long history with the natural and cultural environment differing from region to region. Therefore the diversification of Chinese vernacular dwelling is rarely seen in the architectural history of the world. This book has chosen some settlements which are representative and widely spread to introduce basing on the interaction of theliving customs, action characteristics and the space mode of people who inhabit the traditional vernacular dwellings. Chinese vernacular dwelling is various and colorful. Both the profound and steady northern vernacular dwellings and the elegant and pretty southernvernacular dwellings contain the philosophy that "human beings should be inharmony with nature" and the ethic views such as superiority and inferiority in social life, the order of elders and the young, the different treatment towardsmen and women, the differentiation between people in and out of a clan. This book has described the origin, architectural characteristics and the passing-down value of the Chinese traditional vernacular dwellings in a popular waybut with the professional accuracy. This book is dotted with related historicallegends and folklores. Thus, a vivid scroll of Chinese vernacular dwelling wasclearly drawn.

About Author
Shan Deqi, born in 1937 in Anhui Province,graduated from the Civil Engineering and Archi-tecture Department of Tsinghua University in1960 and majored in architecture. He was for-merly Director of "the Teaching and Research Section for Architectural Design" of the Architec-ture Department of Tsinghua University, and the Vice-President of the School of Architecture,Tsinghua University. At present, he is the Pro-fessor at the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University as well as tutor of doctoral graduate students, Member of the Academic Committee,and Vice Director of the Academic Degree Com-mittee. Shan Deqi has published monographs including Illustrations of Chinese Traditional Vernacular Dwelling, etc.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Beijing Quadrangle Courtyards
Imposing Dwellings and Spacious Courtyards
Knock at the Door Leaves
Floral-Pendant Gates
A Place of Unique Beauty
Huizhou Dwellings
Hongcun: A Village of Rivers and Lakes
Xidi: A Land of Peach Blossoms
Patios and Horse-Head Walls
Colleges and Memorial Archways
Three Kinds of Carving and Gardens
Business and Culture Supplement Each Other
Shaoxing Riverside Dwellings
Three Thousand Taimens
Small Bridges and Flowing Streams
"Stage for All Ages" Close to Water
Ancient Heritages and Secluded Places
Minxi Clay Buildings
Hakkas' Homeland
A Glimpse of Clay Building
Tracing Back to the Source
Intergrowth with the Human Affection and Reason
Architectural Novelty in the Homeland
of the Overseas Chinese
Towering Watchtower
Zigzag Arcade-houses
Ancestral Temples
Ganlan Wood House and Storm-Tossed Bridge
A Tour to Wood-House Village
Singing at the Chengyang Bridge
Drum Tower and Lusheng Column
Ganlan Wood Houses
Fire Pit
Ancient Lijiang Streets
Ancient City
A City Surrounded by Spring Water
Three Terrace Houses with One Screen Wall
Tibetan Watchtowers
A Long History
Colorful Forms of Tibetan Vernacular Dwellings
A Land of Bon and Buddhism
Homeland Developing with Heaven and Earth
A Living Picture Full of Grandeur
Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese
Dynasties
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When the people walk in traditional settlements of dwellings, theysee white walls, black tiles, dark gray stone-bridges, dark brownpartition-boards and "the culture of three black things" proper inShaoxing (boats with black awning on the rivers, black hats on thepeople's head, and black dried vegetables sending forth aroma inmany houses) and feel a silent and elegant flavor of the south ofthe lower reaches of the Yangtze River. "The culture of three blackthings" and black, white and gray colors exerted a subtle influenceon local aesthetic conception, which gradually turned implicative,wide, thick and profound; the residents' heart seems purified much,far from flippancy, not seeking fame and wealth but keeping theirideals. In full-bodied ambient of a land of rivers and lakes, fellowtownsmen row boats drinking yellow wines, looking so low-pressured. It seems that any bagatelle in life has been cast to thewinds.
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