China's Old Dwellings (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 2000 - Architecture - 362 pages
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China's Old Dwellings is the most comprehensive critical examination of China's folk architectural forms in any language. It and its companion volume, China's Living Houses: Folk Beliefs, Symbols, and Household Ornamentation, together form a landmark study of the environmental, historical, and social factors that influence housing forms for nearly a quarter of the world's population. Both books draw on the author's thirty years of field-work and extensive travel in China as well as published and unpublished material in many languages.
  

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Page 16 - Plare tKnapp 19921, draws upon the perspectives of anthropologists, architects, geographers, historians, a sociologist, and a veterinary ecologist in examining the various senings of hahitation, work, and leisure of China's village population.
Page 15 - Culmre mrned inward to a single province to explore in detail the sensitivity to the namral environment, the use of space, construction principles and techniques, exterior and interior ornamentation, and folk traditions associated with the huilding of and living within rural dwellings.
Page 8 - The distinct feamres of such dwellings, their relationship to the life-styles of the occupants, and their variations in different areas of the country...

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Ronald G. Knapp has been carrying out research on cultural and historical geography in China's countryside since 1965. Currently SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, New Paltz, he is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning "Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation.

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