Wood Construction South of the Yangtze

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Author: Liu Jie;
Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 166
Publication Date: 08/2009
ISBN: 9787313058485
The author of this book relied on field study and documents as basic methods of research, including over ten years of travel through the region south of the Yangtze. He investigated successive generations of wood constructions, trying in the context of a new cultural history to capture the original appearance of wood constructions south of the Yangtze.
This book includes a range of traditional architecture, and the technology and culture behind its creation. The rich selection of wood constructions includes various kinds of temples, palaces, balconies,and the social hierarchy's top-tier buildings. Of course,it also includes houses of common folk, workshops,and pedestrian bridges. Wood constructions south of the Yangtze, its construction, development, and overall history, form the essence of this book. In it, we explore the technological origins of its construction in the North and the problems facing its evolution.
Table of Contents
ChapterⅠ:Introduction /1
1. The Definition of "South of the Yangtze" and Its Geographical Environment /4
2. The "South of the Yangtze" in Ancient China's Legendary History /8
3. Wood Construction Technology South of the Yangtze /11
4. The Research Content, Objective,and Methods /20

ChapterⅡ:The Social Backgrounds of the Emergence of Wood Construction Technology/27
1. The Belief in Birds, Ritual and Worship South of the Yangtze/29
2. From Rice Paddies to a "Bird-Culture" /31
3. The Form of Rice Cultivation/34

ChapterⅢ:The Bionic Origin of Wood Construction Technology South of the Yangtze/39
1. The Bird Nest Inspiration/41
2. The Structure and Construction of Bird Nests/45
3. From"Nest-Dwelling" to Early Railing-type Construction/48
4. The Inspiration of the Animals Skeleton——The Emergence of Railing-type Building/53

ChapterⅣ:The Mature Period of Pile Buildings——the Hemudu Architectural Culture in Yuyao /57
1. The Henmdu Settlement Site of Pile Type Construction in Yuyao /60
2. The Wood Construction Technology Reflected in the Pile Buildings at the Hemudu Ruins /62
3. The Mortise-Tenon Technology Applied in the Pile Building /65
4. The Processing Tools and Technologies of Wood Components/67
5. The Weaving Technologies in Architecture /73

ChapterⅤ:Three Major Systems of Pile Dwelling Wood Construction /77
1. The Definition of Pile Construction and Its Classification/80
2. Wood Construction Structures Emerged from Pile Dwellings/86
3. The Formation of Column and Tie Construction/91
4. The Supporting Wall of Well and the Log-cabin Construction/92
5. The Origin and Development of Mortise-Tenon Technology/101

ChapterⅥ:Early Wood Constructions South of the Yangtze /117
1. The Wood Construction from Liangzhu Culture to the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties/119
2. The Remains of Constructions South of the Yangtze in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period/139
3. Historical and Cultural Background of the Qin and Han Dynasties/152
4. The Formation and Development of Wood Construction in the Han Dynasty Era South of the Yangtze/162

ChapterⅦ:Wood Constructions South of the Yangtze from the Period of Six Dynasties to the Northern Song and the Southern Song Dynasties /177
1. The Wood Constructions in the Period of the Six Dynasties/179
2. The Characteristics of Wood Construction in the Period of the Sui and the Tang Dynasties/199
3. Wood Constructions in the Period of the Five Dynasties and the Northern Song and the Southern Song Dynasties/207
4. Wood Construction Bridges South of the Yangtze/233

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