Chinese Spatial Strategies

Chinese Spatial Strategies : Imperial Beijing

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Chinese Spatial Strategies presents a study of social spaces of the capital of Ming Qing China (1420-1911). Focusing on early Ming and early and middle Qing, it 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. At once historical and theoretical, the work argues that there is a Chinese approach to spatial disposition which is strategic and holistic.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19mm | 612g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • RoutledgeCurzon
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 line figures, 14 tables
  • 0415318831
  • 9780415318839

Table of contents

List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction: Beijing as a Critical Problem In Search of a Chinese Space Outline of the Research and the Argument A Note on Method 1. A Geo-Political Project 2. City Plan as Ideology A Classical Tradition Neo-Confucianism 3. Social Space of the City A City of Cities Space of the State Space of Society Concluding Notes 1: Architecture of the City and the Land 4. A Sea of Walls: The Purple Forbidden Palace 5. The Palace: Framing a Political Landscape The Inner Court as a Corporeal Space The Outer Court as an Institutional Space A Composition of Forces 6. The Palace: a Battlefield Flows of Reports and Directives Defence Recurring Crises 7. Constructs of Authority Legalism and The Art of War Vis-a-vis the Panopticon: Two Ages of Reason Concluding Notes 2: Architecture as a Machine of the State 8. A Religious Discourse Composing and Building the Discourse Performing an Ideology 9. Formal Compositions: Visual and Existential Beijing as a Scroll Vis-a-vis 'Cartesian Perspectivalism': Two Ways of Seeing Concluding Notes 3: Architecture of Horizon Appendix: dynasties, reigns and emperors Notes Bibliography Index

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About Jianfei Zhu

Jianfei Zhu teaches Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has published on imperial Beijing and modern Chinese architecture. His work explores conditions of space in late imperial and modern China, and searches a possible dialogue between Western social theory and Asian architectural experience.

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