Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past

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In Chinese Bridges, Ronald G. Knapp, one of the foremost experts on Chinese culture and historical geography, gives these under-regarded marvels of Chinese architecture their due. Guiding readers on an erudite and enlightening tour of both famous Chinese bridges and those newly discovered by western eyes, Knapp shows that—far from merely utilitarian—the bridges of China are dramatic, majestic, and even daring. Through descriptions, essays, and more than four hundred color photographs as well as woodblock prints, ...

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Overview

In Chinese Bridges, Ronald G. Knapp, one of the foremost experts on Chinese culture and historical geography, gives these under-regarded marvels of Chinese architecture their due. Guiding readers on an erudite and enlightening tour of both famous Chinese bridges and those newly discovered by western eyes, Knapp shows that—far from merely utilitarian—the bridges of China are dramatic, majestic, and even daring. Through descriptions, essays, and more than four hundred color photographs as well as woodblock prints, historic images, paintings and line drawings, Knapp documents the history of these Chinese bridges, illuminating the distinctive architectural elements they share and their role as "living architecture." Marking the first time that many of these bridges have been documented in an English-language book, Chinese Bridges is a breathtaking work of architectural history and a comprehensive introduction to these often overlooked feats of architectural prowess.

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"This exquisitely illustrated volume gives more insight into the cultural and philosophical systems undergirding all forms of Chinese architecture than any book in recent years."—ArchNewsNow.com

"This book [Chinese Houses], illustrated with many beautiful photographs, could serve as the best guide for preserving China's cultural heritage."—Orientations

"Splendid...[Chinese Bridges] is necessary reading for all who are interested in Chinese architecture, history and culture."—CHOICE

"Scholarly, detailed, beautifully illustrated."—Library Journal

"[Chinese Bridges] definitely changes a person's view on what China is truly all about. It's truly worth checking it out!" — Aisha Kristine

"Getting a copy of Knapp's book CHINESE BRIDGES: A LIVING ARCHITECTURE FROM CHINA'S PAST is a must for anyone who has passion to create living utilities…" — Woman Elan Vital

"This is the kind of book that even if you have already finished reading you will never get tired of re-reading…" — Style Diaries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804843768
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,446,353
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1965, Ronald G. Knapp has spent significant time carrying out research in the Chinese countryside and is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation. Knapp is currently SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, New Paltz, where he also lives.

Currently based in Hong Kong, A. Chester Ong has photographed widely throughout Asia. His photography appears in magazines, exhibitions, as well as books, including China Modern, Chinese Houses, and China Living.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    One of the first memories I have of being a young study abroad s

    One of the first memories I have of being a young study abroad student at Nanjing University is driving over the famed Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge on the drive from the airport into the center of the city. A Chinese professor accompanying us pointed out the historical significance of this bridge being built after the Sino-Russian split entirely using Chinese expertise and opened at the height of the Cultural Revolution. In fact, as Prof. Knapp excellent book, Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China’s Past, attests, the Chinese have been expert bridge builders for millennia. This very rich study covers a wide range of issues including the different types of bridge building techniques that Chinese have employed throughout history, the functional uses and decorative motifs of bridges found throughout China, and the cultural history of bridge building and the role bridges play in Chinese cultural life. The final section gives a generous sampling of regional and cultural variations of bridges found in different regions of China. The book is amply illustrated by not only A. Chester Ong’s beautiful photographs but also paintings and other illustrations recording the importance of bridges throughout Chinese history (i.e. the very famous 12th c. Qingming Festival Along the River scroll.) If I have one wish for the book is that it included some samples of more recent bridges (i.e., the Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge or the Jiashao Bridge) and their relationship to China’s cultural legacy of bridge building, but perhaps that subject is for a whole other study.

    Prof. Knapp has been publishing an comprehensive series of books detailing the unique and important cultural contribution Chinese architecture has made to world cultural, and this book wonderfully complements his previous studies on Chinese houses and interior design. This is a beautiful book that anyone can easily wander through without feeling like you need to be an expert on bridge engineering or the anthropology of China in order to appreciate what Prof. Knapp is exploring. This is that rare type of book that simultaneously looks good on a coffee table and is actually fun gleaning facts from (check out Prof. Knapp’s other “All Things Chinese” for a similar type of book!)

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