Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation

Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation

by Ronald G. Knapp, Jonathan Spence, A. Chester Ong
     
 

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Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Architecture "Book of the Year" Award!

Exquisite examples of traditional dwellings are scattered throughout modern-day China. Chinese Houses focuses on 20 well-preserved traditional Chinese homes, presenting examples from a range of rural and metropolitan areas throughout China.

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Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Architecture "Book of the Year" Award!

Exquisite examples of traditional dwellings are scattered throughout modern-day China. Chinese Houses focuses on 20 well-preserved traditional Chinese homes, presenting examples from a range of rural and metropolitan areas throughout China.

The photographs of each are accompanied by extensive background information and historical content. An introductory essay examines the different types of Chinese homes and provides an overview of the rich regional variety of Chinese dwelling forms. It also provides insights into little-known design concepts that emphasize the flexibility, adaptability, and versatility of traditional building forms and the work of traditional craftsmen.

Richly illustrated with photographs, woodblock prints, historic images, and line drawings, Chinese Houses portrays an architectural tradition of amazing range and resilience.

Editorial Reviews

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"Chinese Houses examines traditional dwellings from a Ming dynasty manor to Mao's boyhood home." —Elle Decor blog

"When a house is used as a museum or tourist site, it loses its vitality, and with no chance to grow and develop, it becomes fossilized. Judging by the eagerness of officials at every level of the government to 'regenerate' the cities...this could be the only way to preserve the old dwellings of China. This book, illustrated with many beautiful photographs and drawings, could serve as the best guide for preserving China's heritage." —Orientations magazine

"This scholarly, detailed work, beautifully illustrated with historic black-and-white photos, contemporary color photos, floor plans, and elevations, is recommended for large collections." —Library Journal

"Ronald G. Knapp...based this exhaustive book on 40 years of research in the Chinese countryside." —Icon World Monuments

"Packed with color photos of both interior and exterior dTcor, Chinese Houses also presents an in-depth survey of the rituals, culture, ornamentation influences, and floor plans of homes across China, from urban to rural dwellings. If it's a strong in-depth history of Chinese home architecture which is desired, look no further than the gorgeous Chinese Houses: it's much more than the coffee table picturebook it appears a first glance." —Midwest Book Review

Library Journal
Much as he did in China's Old Dwellings, Knapp here examines vernacular architecture in northern and southern China. He discusses the elements that make up a Chinese home while revealing the cultural, historical, political, and sociological aspects of Chinese life that have gone into the development of the architecture and decorative ornamentation. The focus is on 20 "heritage homes" that have been preserved and typify a vernacular style (e.g., cave dwellings in the northern provinces) or are deemed significant because of their inhabitants (e.g., Mao Zedong's boyhood home). This scholarly, detailed work, beautifully illustrated with historic black-and-white photos, contemporary color photos, floor plans, and elevations, is recommended for large collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804835374
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ronald G. Knapp, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at SUNY, New Paltz, is the author of numerous books on China's cultural and historical geography, including Asia's Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience, and Change (2003), China's Old Dwellings (2000), and China's Walled Cities (2000).

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