Traditional Chinese Architecture

History/Theory

Spring 2013

Chang Liu, instructor

Instead of an introduction from macro to micro order, this course dissected the highest achievement in traditional Chinese architecture: timber. By starting with carpenter’s “playgame”—i.e. wood puzzles—this course covered the making of Dougong, the key component in Chinese building, the making of individual structures and the formation of building complexes steered by ritual and mysticism, interpreting interior design, residential complex design and garden design. All the interpretations were based on extant examples and/or historical architectural representations selected from different collections.