Vernacular Dwellings traces the evolution of dwellings throughout ancient China, from the earliest cave dwellings occupied by nomadic tribes, to the traditional vernacular dwellings of the first pastoral communities. Examples of many different types of housing survive- a testament to the ethnic diversity and sheer size of Ancient China. Dwellings were often designed to harmonize with their surroundings, and each of the building cultures represented by the round buildings, cave-houses, siheyuan compounds and other dwellings are unique.
As they developed over generations, traditional Chinese vernacular dwellings came to have a standardized form: a wooden-framed house surrounded by a court. The Chinese courtyard house is deeply embedded in Chinese culture and often serves as a source of inspiration for official architecture, such as palaces, official residences, temples, and mausoleums. Relatively unrestricted by formalities or regulation, dwellings could develop freely, resulting in a multiplicity of styles. Traditional vernacular designs began to disappear when western technical methods, such as the use of reinforced concrete, became popular in China.
In Vernacular Dwellings, Wang Qijun discusses the techniques and materials used to construct traditional dwellings, from early mixed clay and wood construction, to the brick and concrete used in the modern era. He also explores the layouts of towns and villages in terms of feng shui, including the position of towns, the configuration of streets, and the placement of squares. This volume includes 121 color photographs, 86 illustrations and figures, and 2 maps. The photographs in Vernacular Dwellings illustrate, province by province, the unique and varying vernacular dwelling characteristics of China.
From the Back Cover
Vernacular Dwellings traces the evolution of Chinese dwellings, from early nomadic cave dwellings to the classic courtyard house. He also discusses the techniques and materials used to construct traditional dwellings, from early mixed clay and wood construction, to the brick and concrete used in the modern era. The layouts of towns and villages are also explored in terms of feng shui, including the position of towns, the configuration of streets, and the placement of squares. Vernacular Dwellings includes 121 color photographs, 86 illustrations and figures, and 2 maps, illustrating, province by province, the vernacular dwelling characteristics of different areas of China, and showing the beauty created by Chinese artists and architects.
About the Author
Wang Qijun was born in 1954 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. He studied Fine Arts at Nanjing Art College and has a master’s degree from the Chongqing College of Architectural Engineering. He is both a painter and an expert in Chinese vernacular dwellings. He has written Chinese Vernacular Dwellings and Chinese Traditional Domestic Architecture, and has been published in Architects, Architectural Journal, and Fine Arts and Studies on Fine Arts.
- Publisher : CN Times Beijing Media Time United Publishing Company Limited (March 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1627740163
- ISBN-13 : 978-1627740166
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.25 x 9.21 inches