Chinese Imperial City Planning

Author: Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824821963

Category: Architecture

Page: 244

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Chinese Imperial City Planning is the first synthesis of what is known from textual and archaeological evidence about every Chinese imperial capital, from earliest times to the present. It explains the fundamental architectural principles and visual characteristics of imperial planning in China and shows how these features are related to the Chinese idea of rulership. The volume also reconstructs the 3,500-year-old history of imperial planning using sources such as resident descriptions, travel accounts, official Chinese court records, and the most recent archaeological and scholarly studies. The extensive documentation provides students with a standard source of reference from which to embark on further research on Chinese urban planning.
Designing the City of Reason

Author: Ali Madanipour

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134103997

Category: Architecture

Page: 351

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With a practical approach to theory, Designing the City of Reason offers new perspectives on how differing belief systems and philosophical approaches impact on city design and development, exploring how this has changed before, during and after the impact of modernism in all its rationalism. Looking at the connections between abstract ideas and material realities, this book provides a social and historical account of ideas which have emerged out of the particular concerns and cultural contexts and which inform the ways we live. By considering the changing foundations for belief and action, and their impact on urban form, it follows the history and development of city design in close conjunction with the growth of rationalist philosophy. Building on these foundations, it goes on to focus on the implications of this for urban development, exploring how public infrastructures of meaning are constructed and articulated through the dimensions of time, space, meaning, value and action. With its wide-ranging subject matter and distinctive blend of theory and practice, this book furthers the scope and range of urban design by asking new questions about the cities we live in and the values and symbols which we assign to them.
Chinese History

Author: Endymion Porter Wilkinson

Publisher: Harvard Univ Asia Center

ISBN: 0674002490

Category: History

Page: 1220

View: 276

Endymion Wilkinson's bestselling manual of Chinese history has long been an indispensable guide to all those interested in the civilization and history of China. In this latest edition, now in a bigger format, its scope has been dramatically enlarged by the addition of one million words of new text. Twelve years in the making, the new manual introduces students to different types of transmitted, excavated, and artifactual sources from prehistory to the twentieth century. It also examines the context in which the sources were produced, preserved, and received, the problems of research and interpretation associated with them, and the best, most up-to-date secondary works. Because the writing of history has always played a central role in Chinese politics and culture, special attention is devoted to the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese historiography.
The Exercise of the Spatial Imagination in Pre-Modern China

Author: Garret Pagenstecher Olberding

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110749922

Category: History

Page: 230

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In der Reihe Welten Ostasiens der Schweizerischen Asiengesellschaft werden repräsentative, qualitativ hochstehende Forschungsarbeiten zu den ostasiatischen Kulturen und Gesellschaften in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart publiziert. Die Reihe nimmt Studien zu verschiedenen Bereichen wie Geschichte, Literatur, Philosophie, Politik und Kunst sowie Übersetzungen und Interpretationen von Quellentexten auf. Daneben bietet sie Arbeiten zu aktuellen Themen und Fragen an, die nicht nur einem wissenschaftlichen Zielpublikum, sondern auch einer breiter interessierten Leserschaft zugänglich sind. Die Reihe versteht sich als Forum für geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Arbeiten aus der Schweiz wie aus der internationalen Forschung. Die Hauptpublikationssprachen für die Monographien und Sammelbände sind Deutsch, Französisch und Englisch. Die Reihe wird von einem Herausgebergremium geleitet, das von führenden Fachvertreterinnen und Fachvertretern aus den jeweiligen akademischen Disziplinen beraten wird. La série Mondes de l'Extrême-Orient de la Société Suisse-Asie publie des recherches de qualité représentatives de la recherche académique sur les cultures et sociétés de l'Asie orientale. Elle propose des études dans des domaines tels que l'histoire, la littérature, la philosophie, la politique et l'art ainsi que les interprétations et les traductions de sources. Elle publie également des travaux qui traitent de questions plus actuelles ou immédiates avec le souhait de toucher, au-delà des cercles académiques, le grand public cultivé. La série est un forum pour les sciences humaines et sociales dans le domaine des études asiatiques en Suisse. Les travaux de la communauté scientifique internationale sont cependant les bienvenus.Les langues de publication sont l'allemand, l'anglais et le français. La série est dirigée par comité composé de chercheurs actifs dans les diverses disciplines des études extrême-orientales.
Chinese Urban Planning and Construction

Author: Lanchun Bian

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030655624

Category: Political Science

Page: 332

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This volume introduces and discusses the achievements and mechanisms of urban planning and construction in China from multiple professional perspectives, covering practices and processes ranging from ancient times to the present day. The book has 14 chapters, each addressing a specific Chinese urban planning and construction topic with examples and applications in various cities and regions, and each providing an all-around analysis of Chinese urban development issues at different scales, including government administrations, planning progresses, urban investments, social impacts and construction models. The book provides a comprehensive overview of urban planning and construction in China, especially its successful experiences in the historical period and modern era, which will greatly benefit scholars and readers who are interested in China, as well as urban planners, architects and historians. The book is organized into 4 main parts. Part 1 focuses on "historical wisdom" to summarize ancient Chinese efforts to cope with nature and the environment. It interprets the unique wisdom of ancient Chinese cities related to regional design, water conservancy system, and urban districts. Part 2 presents the “transformation" of urban planning in China by learning from both the traditional value and western experiences based on several cases, such as the spatial development of Beijing and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei capital region, the preservation of Qingdao city, the urban community development and regeneration in Chongqing city. Part 3 explores the "green and eco-city" by looking towards the future, illustrating Chinese practices and efforts to build more sustainable cities, such as green and low-carbon city construction in Wuhan, healthy city planning and eco-cities construction in China. Part 4 prospects the “modern miracles” brought forth by technological innovation and economic growth, and introduces the newest planning trends in China, such as the E-commerce Taobao villages in China and the innovation districts in Beijing. It also explains the driving force of the "growth machine" of Suzhou city.
Gardens of a Chinese Emperor

Author: Victoria M. Siu

Publisher: Lehigh University Press

ISBN: 9781611461299

Category: History

Page: 324

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Qianlong’s Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) was a microcosm of his world, with lush plants, artificial mountains and lakes, and colorful buildings. From within these precincts, the emperor ruled his lands, performed imperial rituals, and observed various religious ceremonies of his people. Destroyed and looted in 1860 by Western forces, it is today only partially restored. Using images, maps, and color-plates, this book reveals the philosophical, political, and artistic concepts that the gardens represented.
China: The Stealth Empire

Author: Edward Burman

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752496191

Category: History

Page: 320

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China: The Stealth Empire asks why it is that China despite its size and once advanced culture and technology did not become a world power centuries ago? Burman traces the answer through Chinese innate sense of superiority which made foreign conquest and trade an irrelevance. This is about to change with the evolution of what is termed the Stealth Empire characterised by world dominance in the production of consumer goods, a growing share of world manufacturing and a strong sense of nationalism. The Chinese believe that they need to do nothing as they evolve by the middle of the century into the dominant world power. Burman's book opens a window onto this history and growing sense of national destiny. It will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand what is going on in the Stealth Empire.
Negotiating Urban Space

Author: Si-yen Fei

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674035615

Category: History

Page: 390

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Urbanization was central to development in late imperial China. Yet scholars agree it triggered neither Weberian urban autonomy nor Habermasian civil society. Using Nanjing as a central case, the author shows that, prompted by this contradiction, the actions and creations of urban residents transformed the city on multiple levels.
Early Chinese Religion: Part One: Shang Through Han (1250 BC-220 AD) (2 Vols)

Author: John Lagerwey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004168350

Category: Religion

Page: 1281

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Together, and for the first time in any language, the 24 essays gathered in these volumes provide a composite picture of the history of religion in ancient China from the emergence of writing ca. 1250 BC to the collapse of the first major imperial dynasty in 220 AD. It is a multi-faceted tale of changing gods and rituals that includes the emergence of a form of “secular humanism” that doubts the existence of the gods and the efficacy of ritual and of an imperial orthodoxy that founds its legitimacy on a distinction between licit and illicit sacrifices. Written by specialists in a variety of disciplines, the essays cover such subjects as divination and cosmology, exorcism and medicine, ethics and self-cultivation, mythology, taboos, sacrifice, shamanism, burial practices, iconography, and political philosophy. Produced under the aegis of the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine (UMR 8155) and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris).
The Horizontal Skyscraper

Author: Bjørn B. Erring

Publisher: Tapir Academic Press

ISBN: 8251917638

Category: Historic buildings

Page: 420

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Chinese cities are undergoing profound changes. Urban development has transformed the townscape; low-rise structures based on courtyard type housing, horizontal in character, have been replaced by vertical constructions. In the 1980s and 1990s Chinese cities were featured by the conflicting wishes for rapid modernization and cultural continuity. The articles of this book refer to experiences drawn from this particular period of time, and are selected among case studies and related theoretical considerations. The case studies are concentrated on four cities: Beijing, Xi'an, Quanzhou and Shanghai. The authors have all been active in different fields of urban transformation in historic Chinese cities. They are politicians, historians, planners, anthropologists, architects and scholars. The articles describe the substantial transformation of the cities and the implications of this change. The contributing authors represent three countries; China, France and Norway. They all participated in two conferences in 1995 and 1996, dealing with urban renewal in housing areas of traditional Chinese cities. The outcome of these conferences constitute the raw material for this book.
Envisioning the City

Author: David Buisseret

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226079937

Category: Political Science

Page: 212

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Editor's NoteIntroduction by David Buisseret1: Mapping the Chinese City: The Image and the Reality Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt2: Mapping the City: Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance Naomi Miller3: Urbs and Civitas in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spain Richard L. Kagan4: Military Architecture and Cartography in the Design of the Early Modern City Martha Pollak5: Modeling Cities in Early Modern Europe David Buisseret6: The Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett: Cartographic and Historical Perspectives Gerald A. DanzerContributors Index Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.