Chinese Spatial Strategies: Imperial Beijing (Hardback)
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Short Description for Chinese Spatial Strategies Focusing on early Ming and early and middle Qing, this text explores architectural, urban and geographical space of Beijing, in relation to issues of history, geopolitics, urban social structure, imperial rule and authority, symbolism, and aesthetic and existential experience.
- Published: 01 January 2004
- Format: Hardback 296 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415318839 ISBN 10: 0415318831
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How do the Chinese design a space? What are the similarities and differences between spaces designed for palaces and cities? How were the extension of the Great Wall, the reopening of the Grand Canal and the building of Beijing interrelated? By closely examining the buildings of Imperial Beijing (1420-1911) this book seeks to answer these questions by exploring whether there is a generic approach to spatial disposition in the Chinese tradition. Chinese Spatial Strategies considers spatial design on many levels and in different aspects, including the geo-political design of a map of Asia; the layout of the city as a representation of imperial ideology; the city as a social realm of interrelations between the central authority and local urban society; the Forbidden City as an apparatus of power; a comparison between European visual compositions and the aesthetic composition of Beijing. Drawing upon recent work in social theory, the author provides a spatial and political anlysis of the Forbidden City and a realistic, analytical and critical account of Imperial Beijing. This book challenges the convention of formal descriptions of Chinese cities and will appeal to all those with an interest in Chinese buildings and architecture.