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What Forces that Shape and Retain the Beijing Courtyard Houses?
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings
  • Chiu-Shui Chan, Iowa State University
  • Ying Xiong, Beijing University of Technology
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Conference Title
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
Conference Date
January 13–16, 2005
Geolocation
(21.3069444, -157.85833330000003)
Abstract
The type of courtyard house, as found within the Inner City of Beijing, is a well-developed Chinese housing typology. All houses in this area share a homogeneous pattern and texture in form and spatial layout. Particularly, certain distinguishing features can be easily identified across houses. This paper explains: (1) the outstanding features found in almost all courtyard houses in the city of Beijing, as well as in other cities across China, (2) the reasons why these features were preserved for more than two thousand years, (3) the socio-cultural driving forces that have maintained these features historically, and (4) the challenges they now face. It is hoped that this paper will attract some public attention regarding the conservation of this piece of historical and cultural heritage in China.
Copyright Owner
Chan and Xiong
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Chiu-Shui Chan and Ying Xiong. "What Forces that Shape and Retain the Beijing Courtyard Houses?" Honolulu, HI, United StatesHawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cschan/5/