Chinese Spatial Strategies: Imperial Beijing, 1420-1911, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Chinese Spatial Strategies

Imperial Beijing, 1420-1911, 1st Edition

By Jianfei Zhu


296 pages

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pub: 2003-11-27
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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.

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General