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Architectural encounters with essence and form in modern China Peter G. Rowe and Seng Kuan

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Author:
Rowe, Peter G  Search this
Kuan, Seng  Search this
Physical description:
287 pages illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
China
Europe
Chine
Date:
2002
20th century
20e siècle
Notes:
FSG copy 39088020322277 has bookplate: Freer Gallery of Art Library. Gift of Ms. Ruth Kurzbauer in memory of Dr. Marcus Jacobson.
Contents:
Traditionalism versus modernism in China -- Foreign influences and the first generation of Chinese architects -- Four architectural attitudes toward modernization -- The "big roof" controversy -- Struggles with modernism -- The "culture fever" -- A commodification and internationalization of architecture -- Modernization in China -- Appendix A. Profiles of selected Chinese architects and schools -- Appendix B. Glossary of terms
Summary:
"Built around snatches of discussion overheard in a Beijing design studio, this book explores attitudes toward architecture in China since the opening of the Treaty Ports in the 1840s. Central to the discussion are the concepts of ti and yong, or "essence" and "form," Chinese characters that are used to define the proper arrangement of what should be considered modern and essentially Chinese. Ti and yong have gone through various transformations - for example, from "Chinese learning for essential principles and Western learning for practical application" to "socialist essence and cultural form" and an almost complete reversal to "modern essence and Chinese form.""--Jacket
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Architecture--Influence  Search this
Architecture--Histoire  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Architektur  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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