Chinese Architecture: A History

Editor/Author Steinhardt, Nancy Shatzman
Publication Year: 2019
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-0-691-16998-9
Category: Technology & Engineering - Architecture
Image Count: 360
Book Status: Available
Table of Contents

With rich political and historical context, Steinhardt covers forty centuries of architecture, from the genesis of Chinese building through to the twenty-first century and the challenges of urban expansion and globalism.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chinese Dynasties
  • Map of China
  • Introduction: Beyond the Forbidden City
  • Chapter 1: Genesis of Chinese Buildings and Cities
  • Cities and Buildings before Written Records
  • Cities and Buildings of the Bronze Age
  • Western Zhou to Warring States
  • Chapter 2: Architecture of the First Emperor and His Predecessors
  • Rulers’ Cities
  • Rulers’ Tombs
  • Architecture of China's First Empire
  • Chapter 3: Han Architecture
  • Han Chang'an: The First Emperor's Vision Realized
  • Han Luoyang and Other Cities: Realistic Imperial Vision and Nonimperial Presence
  • Han Tombs outside the Capitals
  • Additional Evidence of Han Architecture
  • China's Earliest Buddhist Architecture
  • Chapter 4: An Age of Turmoil: Three Kingdoms, Two Jins, Sixteen States
  • Urbanism and Palaces in an Age of Disunion
  • New Buildings for a Buddhist Age
  • Tombs
  • Chapter 5: Northern Dynasties and Southern Dynasties
  • Cities and Palaces
  • Tombs of Royalty
  • Tombs in Gansu, Koguryŏ, and Datong
  • Great Age of Buddhist Cave-Chapels
  • China's Earliest Pagodas
  • Toward a Timber Frame
  • A Buddhist Monument to Pious Deeds
  • Sarcophagus as Architecture
  • Chapter 6: Sui and Tang: Architecture for Empires
  • Three Great Cities
  • Palace Architecture in and outside the Sui-Tang Capitals
  • Sacred Wooden Architecture
  • Exemplary Tang Pagodas
  • Tombs
  • Five Extraordinary Buildings
  • Tang Architecture outside the Empire
  • Chapter 7: Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
  • Humble Halls for Aspiring Rulers, 963–966
  • Tenth-Century Timber Architecture before 960
  • Official and Royal Tombs
  • Architecture of the Dali Kingdom
  • Chapter 8: Grandeur and Magnificence under Liao and Western Xia
  • The Ancestral Prefecture
  • Magnificent Halls—Liao Style
  • Liao Pagodas
  • Liao Tombs
  • Octagonal Construction: Liao and Western Xia
  • Chapter 9: The Chinese Building Standards
  • Fundamentals of the Chinese Timber Frame
  • Bracket Sets and Roofs
  • Jiehua
  • Chapter 10: Song Elegance and Jin Opulence
  • Religious Architecture North and South, 960–1127
  • Religious Architecture, 1127–1279
  • Secular Architecture
  • Chapter 11: The Chinese City between Tang and Ming
  • Urbanism on the Grasslands
  • Metropolises of Millions
  • Jin Capitals
  • The Road to Dadu
  • Yuan Dadu and Zhongdu
  • Cities and Princely Retreats outside the Capitals
  • Chapter 12: The Mongol Century
  • Eminent Halls
  • Other Yuan Buildings
  • Architecture of Foreign Faiths
  • Chapter 13: The Chinese Imperial City and Its Architecture, Ming and Qing
  • Imperial Nanjing
  • Imperial Beijing
  • Building Standards in Qing Palatial Architecture
  • Altars
  • Thirteen Ming Tombs
  • Qing Imperial Architecture
  • Chapter 14: Late Imperial Architecture in Chinese Style
  • Ming Buddhist Monasteries
  • Monasteries on Sacred Peaks
  • Architecture of Confucianism
  • Three Towers in Shanxi
  • Chapter 15: Convergences: Lamaist, Dai, Islamic
  • Architecture of Lamaist Buddhism
  • Chengde: Qing Vision Realized
  • Buddhist Architecture in the Yunnan Marshes
  • Dong Towers
  • Ming and Qing Islamic Architecture
  • Chapter 16: Garden and House
  • Gardens of South China
  • Imperial Gardens of Beijing
  • Residential Architecture
  • Chapter 17: China Comes to Europe, Europe Comes to China, Chinese Students Come to the United States
  • Chinoiserie
  • Sequestered European Architecture
  • China's First Generation of Architects
  • Conclusion: Resolving the Forbidden City
  • The Counteraxis
  • Glossary
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Image Credits