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Article: Rise and Fall of the Qilou: Metamorphosis of Forms and Meanings in the Built Environment of Guangzhou

TitleRise and Fall of the Qilou: Metamorphosis of Forms and Meanings in the Built Environment of Guangzhou
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherInternational Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. The Journal's web site is located at http://iaste.berkeley.edu/category/tdsr
Citation
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 2015, v. 26 n. 2, p. 25-40 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article examines how narratives surrounding qilou (arcaded buildings) have changed through three very different moments over a period of almost a century in Guangzhou, China. As a result, what public discourse once perceived as a new, modern form now serves as a symbol of traditional local culture. The metamorphosis of the qilou narrative in response to different visions, social circumstances, and practices provides a good entry point for understanding the contestations and dynamics that have shaped priorities in seeing and thinking about urban space in South China. By relating subjective experiences with physical environments, the case of qilou also challenges the predominant framework of the nation-state as an anchor for understanding contemporary China, and points to the significance of regional dynamics within and beyond international borders.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209954
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dc.contributor.authorZhang, J-
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-18T03:34:39Z-
dc.date.available2015-05-18T03:34:39Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationTraditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 2015, v. 26 n. 2, p. 25-40-
dc.identifier.issn1050-2092-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209954-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines how narratives surrounding qilou (arcaded buildings) have changed through three very different moments over a period of almost a century in Guangzhou, China. As a result, what public discourse once perceived as a new, modern form now serves as a symbol of traditional local culture. The metamorphosis of the qilou narrative in response to different visions, social circumstances, and practices provides a good entry point for understanding the contestations and dynamics that have shaped priorities in seeing and thinking about urban space in South China. By relating subjective experiences with physical environments, the case of qilou also challenges the predominant framework of the nation-state as an anchor for understanding contemporary China, and points to the significance of regional dynamics within and beyond international borders.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherInternational Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. The Journal's web site is located at http://iaste.berkeley.edu/category/tdsr-
dc.relation.ispartofTraditional Dwellings and Settlements Review-
dc.titleRise and Fall of the Qilou: Metamorphosis of Forms and Meanings in the Built Environment of Guangzhou-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailZhang, J: jzhang02@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityZhang, J=rp01879-
dc.identifier.hkuros243185-
dc.identifier.volume26-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage25-
dc.identifier.epage40-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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