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by Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Author: Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (April 1, 1999)
Pages: 240 pages
Category: Other
Rating: 4.8
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As a scholar interested in Japanese and other East Asian cities, the author's chapter discussing China's historical legacy to urban form in Ancient Japan, was especially interesting. This chapter clearly illustrates how necessary the study of Chinese cities is to the understanding of other Asian cities.

It explains the fundamental architectural principles and visual characteristics of imperial planning in China and shows how these features are related to the Chinese idea of rulership.

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Nancy S. Steinhardt is professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Chinese Imperial City Planning. By Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990. Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 February 2009.

With rich political and historical context, Steinhardt covers forty centuries of architecture, from the genesis of Chinese building through to the twenty-first century and the challenges of urban expansion and globalism

Chinese Imperial City Planning is the first synthesis of what is known from textual and archaeological evidence about every Chinese imperial capital, from earliest times to the present. It explains the fundamental architectural principles and visual characteristics of imperial planning in China and shows how these features are related to the Chinese idea of rulership. The volume also reconstructs the 3,500-year-old history of imperial planning using sources such as resident descriptions, travel accounts, official Chinese court records, and the most recent archaeological and scholarly studies. The extensive documentation provides students with a standard source of reference from which to embark on further research on Chinese urban planning.