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- DescriptionTwo main types of residential architecture have dominated the architecture in the Fujian region in China. Kwn as tulou and weiwu, they have been developed in parallel. Both are designed for communal living, but are distinct from each other in terms of setting, layout, form and size. A good deal is kwn about tulou which has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2008, but existing scholarship on weiwu is lacking. The weiwu at Dafuzhen in central Fujian is of particular interest because of its architectural and planning sophistication and its commoners status. It is the Family Xiaos estate built during 1870 to 1885. Our tasks were: first, to survey in situ each building part of the complex in the current situation with attention to details; second, to portray what was hidden from view using masterly x-ray eyes; third, to convey the information in measured drawings at techlogical and design levels. Our work is graphic and analytical in nature, ranged within a series of research questions: What was the planning made to suit the hillside setting? What was the architectural arrangement made to accommodate the community living? To what extent do water supply and drainage design serve as a planning strategy? This study suggests that water management was a key issue which was t a topic of great interest in traditional scholarship. The book offers students and professionals an expert introduction to Chinese vernacular that has been termed the essence of architecture, with the Dafuzhen weiwu as a case study. It describes characters and structures, discusses functions and rationales, and investigates methods and techniques at design and construction levels.
- Author BiographyQinghua Guo is professor of Asian architecture and planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. One of the worlds most renowned experts on Chinese architecture, she is the author of The Structure of Chinese Timber Architecture (1999), A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture (2002), Chinese Architecture & Planning (2005) and Mingqi Pottery Buildings of Han Dynasty China (2010). Yuyu Chang is associate professor in architecture at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Her Ph.D. thesis, entitled Studies on the Craftsmanship of Traditional Chinese Carpentry in Fujian Region was published in 2010 (in Chinese).
- Author(s)Qinghua Guo,Yuyu Chang
- PublisherEdition Axel Menges
- Date of Publication01/09/2016
- Place of PublicationFellbach
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintEdition Axel Menges
- Content Note358 illus
- Weight766 g
- Width235 mm
- Height285 mm
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