A six part lecture series covering the History of Chinese Architecture through an understanding of the major architectural typologies of traditional Chinese buildings and urban planning principles of ancient Chinese cities.

Lecturer: Dr. Wang QiJun of China Academy of Fine Arts
Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.
  • Architecture of Chinese Tombs
    - Underground tombs and architectural mausoleums have been a longstanding practice in  Chinese sacrificial rites and burials. This lecture studies their design evolution from the  simple enclosures of the Zhou dynasty, the earth mounds of the Qin dynasty, brick and stone  structures of the Han dynasty, and to the culmination of magnificent palace-like imperial  tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    Chinese Traditional Urban Planning
    - From Erlitou of the Xia Dynasty to the great master plan of Beijing, this lecture is an  exploration city planning throughout China's history. Understand how the magic  nine-square, feng shui, and symbolism formed the foundations of China's traditional cities  creating Imperial center points, axial relationships, gridded-streets and city gateways.

    Architecture of the Chinese Palace
    - With the Forbidden City of Beijing and the Manchu palace of Shenyang as China's last  surviving examples, understand the foundations, evolution and realizations of Chinese  palace architecture. This lecture will explain the perfection of China's unique, imperial  architecture over the centuries through centralized power, and their extensive building  manuals and construction texts.

    Chinese Architecture of Ritual and Worship
    -  The design of Chinese Architecture in relationship to ritual and sacrificial programs and the  spaces for worship.  The lecture will explain the variations of China's "religious"  architectural spaces and buildings from Imperial worship to Buddhism, and the close  relationship both have to the principles of Confucianism

    Vernacular Chinese Architecture
    - An astonishing range of forms and styles of vernacular dwellings in China can be traced back  over hundreds of years.  This variety of topological characteristics was determined by a  broad spectrum of historical conditions. Styles and architectural form ranging from the most  elementary and primitive to the most luscious and colorful. The decorative motifs employed  are as varied and as fantastic as the landscape of China itself.

    China's Architecture of Defense
    - Throughout the Chinese Dynastic periods, protection of country and city were critical to the  stability of a nation.  The conquer of weak defenses and protection of strong capital cities  often signified the ascent and decline of entire dynasties.  This lecture will examine The  Great Wall, moats, defense towers and city walls which were symbolic of the power and  strength of rulers and their nations.

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