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Article: Flexibility of traditional buildings and craftsmanship in China

TitleFlexibility of traditional buildings and craftsmanship in China
Authors
KeywordsArchitect's Role
Craftsman
Flexibility
Traditional Buildings
Issue Date2011
PublisherOpen House International Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.openhouse-int.com/
Citation
Open House International, 2011, v. 36 n. 4, p. 20-31 How to Cite?
AbstractAlthough an important facet of modernist architecture in which function plays a prominent role, building flexibility is not entirely a new concept. Its relevance transcends generations, allowing space and structure to evolve through time. This paper investigates the relationship among main building structures, infill elements, and space by studying examples in ancient Chinese architecture. It reveals the role of building owners, users, and craftsmen from a survey of historical documentation. In studying these examples, it is concluded that craftsmen in ancient China were involved not only during the construction phase but throughout the period of use as well. Thus, in select cases, the relationship between craftsmen and owners or users had been preserved for generations. Finally, this paper suggests potential strategies for the building industry and technology in the move towards sustainable development.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/149391
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.149
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.135
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dc.contributor.authorBeisi, Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorYingying, Jen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-26T05:52:53Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-26T05:52:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
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dc.identifier.issn0168-2601en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/149391-
dc.description.abstractAlthough an important facet of modernist architecture in which function plays a prominent role, building flexibility is not entirely a new concept. Its relevance transcends generations, allowing space and structure to evolve through time. This paper investigates the relationship among main building structures, infill elements, and space by studying examples in ancient Chinese architecture. It reveals the role of building owners, users, and craftsmen from a survey of historical documentation. In studying these examples, it is concluded that craftsmen in ancient China were involved not only during the construction phase but throughout the period of use as well. Thus, in select cases, the relationship between craftsmen and owners or users had been preserved for generations. Finally, this paper suggests potential strategies for the building industry and technology in the move towards sustainable development.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOpen House International Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.openhouse-int.com/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofOpen House Internationalen_US
dc.subjectArchitect's Roleen_US
dc.subjectCraftsmanen_US
dc.subjectFlexibilityen_US
dc.subjectTraditional Buildingsen_US
dc.titleFlexibility of traditional buildings and craftsmanship in Chinaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailBeisi, J:jia@arch.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.volume36en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.spage20en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
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