Chinese architecture

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


A general view of chinese architecture located from wikipedia:-
"Chinese architecture refers to a style of architecture that has taken shape in Asia over the years. Over the centuries, the structural principles of Chinese architecture have remained largely unchanged, the main changes being on the decorative details. Since the Tang Dynasty, Chinese architecture has had a major influence on the architectural styles of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam."

"The following article gives a cursory explanation of traditional Chinese architecture, before the introduction of Western building methods during the early 20th Century. Throughout the 20th Century, however, Western-trained Chinese architects have attempted to combine traditional Chinese designs into modern (usually government) buildings, with only limited success. Moreover, the pressure for Western-style urban development throughout contemporary China means that traditional Chinese buildings are fast disappearing."

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As a graduate from Shanghai Tong Ji University, I do took subjects in Chinese Architecture. I was taught that Chinese Architects in olden days were like technicians. Chinese are so much in politics, they change everything in module when a dynasty dies. It is to symbol, to show a new kingdom is formed. Architecture is part of the formation. Everything to be renewed. Simple way is through module, different module.
In the east, architecture is more into timber ~ for humanity and politics.
In the west, architecture is more into stone ~ for eternity and godess.

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