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Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architectonics in Southern China
Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architectonics in Southern China
by Xing Ruan
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Ruan (architecture, U. of New South Wales-Sydney) argues that, at least for the minority peoples in southern China that he studied, making and inhabiting a space cannot be separated. Meaningful engagement from the designers as well as from the... (read more)

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The Tao of Architecture
The Tao of Architecture
by Amos Ih Tiao Chang
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In a contemplative essay that develops a parallel between void, space, time, and the science of vision in Laotzu's philosophy and in modern architecture, Amos Ih Tiao Chang reveals the vitality of intangible, or negative, elements. He writes that these... (read more)

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Buddhist Buildings: The Architecture of Monasteries, Pagodas, and Stone Caves (Library of Ancient Chinese Architecture)
Buddhist Buildings: The Architecture of Monasteries, Pagodas, and Stone Caves (Library of Ancient Chinese Architecture)
by Wei Ran
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Tracing the development and formation of Chinese Buddhism, Wei Ran details the founding of Buddhism, its spread from India to other countries in Asia, and the origin of the monastery. Using this history as a foundation, Buddhist Buildings explores the... (read more)

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Shanghai's Art Deco Master: Paul Veysseyre's Architecture in the French Concession
Shanghai's Art Deco Master: Paul Veysseyre's Architecture in the French Concession
by Spencer Dodington
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Old Shanghai’s architecture is world famous, particularly for the many Art Deco buildings designed and erected during its golden age in the 1920s and 1930s, before the Japanese invaded and the world changed. Many of the Art Deco gems in Shanghai... (read more)

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Impressions of Japanese Architecture
Impressions of Japanese Architecture
by Ralph Adams Cram
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"The best book on Japanese architecture ever produced by a Westerner." and#8212;andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;The American Architectandlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Japanese architecture is undoubtedly less well known and less... (read more)

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Contemplating a New Chinese Style
Contemplating a New Chinese Style
by Mohen Design International
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MoHen Design International is a network of inventive, integrated teams crafting superior architecture and design solutions for clients across Asia and around the globe. The practice has particular experience in the leisure and hospitality industry... (read more)

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Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty (Library of Ancient Chinese Architecture)
Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty (Library of Ancient Chinese Architecture)
by Ru Jinghua
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Palace Architecture explores the transformation of the palace in ancient China, focusing on the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace in Beijing), the most famous Chinese imperial palace.... (read more)

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The Art of Japanese Architecture
The Art of Japanese Architecture
by David Young
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andlt;bandgt;By examining the Japanese history of buildings and building designs from prehistory to modern day, lovers of Japan will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this island country.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt... (read more)

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New China Architecture
New China Architecture
by Xing Ruan
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The spectacular transformation of China in the last decade is symbolized by its architecture. The booming cities of China are evolving at a speed which is hard to comprehend, and their skylines have seen a profusion of new architectural styles. An... (read more)

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Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings (Tut Books. a)
Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings (Tut Books. a)
by Edward Sylves Morse
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A classic text, Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings was originally published in 1886 by Edward S. Morse, a groundbreaking and imaginative inventor. Still considered an authoritative review of traditional Japanese architecture and landscape design... (read more)

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Japanese Detail: Architecture
Japanese Detail: Architecture
by Sadao Hibi
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Renowned for its tranquility and serenity, its simple, elegant lines, and harmonious use of natural forms, Japanese architecture is admired by designers, architects, and homeowners alike for its easy grace. Now with a striking new cover, Japanese Detail:... (read more)

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Original Copies
Original Copies
by Bianca Bosker
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"Prevalent in big cities as well as small towns, China's often heavily criticized, so-called copycat architecture is not an entirely new phenomenon. In this academic but accessible volume, Huffington Post senior tech editor Bosker provides a historical... (read more)

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Contemporary Architecture in China: Discovering China (Discovering China)
Contemporary Architecture in China: Discovering China (Discovering China)
by Architectural Creation Magazine
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andlt;iandgt;Contemporary Architecture in Chinaandlt;/iandgt; features new architecture by focusing on 30 structures built since 1999. These buildings, located in ten different cities over a vast geographical area, cover a wide variety of types, from... (read more)

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Measure and Construction of the Japanese House
Measure and Construction of the Japanese House
by Heino Engel
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A remarkable classic work on traditional Japanese architecture and its general integrative quality, the order of space and form, the flexibility of partitions and room functions and other important or unique qualities. The author describes in detail, and... (read more)

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Japan Houses
Japan Houses
by Marcia Iwatate
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"The homes in Japan Houses represent an upper echelon of residences--largely unrestrained by budget or spatial limitations."&#8212... (read more)

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Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements & Forms
Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements & Forms
by Mira Locher
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Thick thatched roofs and rough mud plaster walls. Intricate carved wood transoms and precisely woven tatami matsand#8212;each element of traditional Japanese architecture tells a story. Inandlt;iandgt; Traditional Japanese Architectureandlt;/iandgt... (read more)

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Chinese Architecture
Chinese Architecture
by Qijun Wang
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The architecture of ancient China embodies the country's expansive cultural heritage, and represents one of the world's great architectural traditions. It also reflects the different topographies and peoples spread across the country's vast territory... (read more)

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Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture: A Study of the Development of Its Structural System & the Evolution of Its Types
Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture: A Study of the Development of Its Structural System & the Evolution of Its Types
by Liang Ssu Cheng
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Liang Ssu-ch'eng (1901-1972) was a pioneer in the scientific study of Chinese architectural history. He virtually created this field in China, and most of its current practitioners are his students. The book, which he wrote in English for a Western... (read more)

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The inner harmony of the Japanese house
The inner harmony of the Japanese house
by Atsushi Ueda
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"The history of Japanese architecture is the history of the struggle with the pillar," writes architect and urban planner Ueda in this volume, which has sold some 300,000 copies in Japan. Breaking the Japanese living space down into its primary... (read more)

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New Japanese Architecture
New Japanese Architecture
by Bolton Bognar
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A visually stunning and textually insightful look at 23 of the most important contemporary Japanese architects. The architects are presented individually, with an illustrated selection of two or three of their most important recent works, in all... (read more)

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