Chinese Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Manual (Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Architecture)

Chinese Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Manual (Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Architecture)

Jiren Feng


Investigating the ancient culture of chinese language architectural writing from antiquity to the 12th century, Chinese structure and Metaphor unearths major and engaging social and cultural phenomena within the most crucial basic textual content for the examine of the chinese language construction culture. in contrast to prior scholarship, which has reviewed this imperially commissioned architectural guide principally as a technical paintings, this quantity considers the Yingzao fashi’s distinct literary worth and explores the wealthy cultural implications in and at the back of its technical content.

Utilizing a philological strategy, the writer will pay specific awareness to the normal and modern architectural terminology provided within the Yingzao fashi. In interpreting the semantic that means of the architectural phrases utilized in the guide, he uncovers a scientific architectural metaphor in which bracketing parts are likened to plant life, flowering branches, and foliage: therefore pillars with bracketing above are in comparison to blossoming timber. extra importantly, this fascinating imagery was once shared by means of assorted social teams, particularly craftsmen and literati, and craftsmen themselves hired literary wisdom in naming architectural components. touching on those phenomena to the unparalleled flourishing of literature, the literati’s larger admiration of technical wisdom, and the better highbrow capability of craftsmen throughout the track, Architecture and Metaphor demonstrates how the discovered and “unlearned” cultures entangled within the development of architectural wisdom in premodern China. It convincingly exhibits that technical language served as a devoted provider of latest pop culture and aesthetic concepts.

Chinese structure and Metaphor demonstrates a excessive point of engagement with a vast spectrum of refined chinese language resources. it's going to develop into a vintage paintings for all scholars and students of East Asian architecture.

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