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Sustainable: vernacular architecture in China

Chinese architecture today are in the midst of a profound transformation. Many of housing types in vernacular architecture, though centuries old, possess distinct characteristics of sustainability. Today, these vernacular architecture frequently face wholesale demolition and transformation. This section presents images and descriptions of some traditional housing types. The aim of the presentation is to give an overview for Chinese vernacular housing in the perspective of sustainable. We focus our attention on the elements of vernacular building style: form, material, environment and detail.

resource:

Wang, Qijun, Traditional Residential Architecture of China, Hong Kong: Sanlian Publishing Company, 1993
Chen, Zhihua, Zhuge Village, Chongqing: Chongqing Publishing Agency, 1999

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Map of vernacular architecture in China


The Form of Vernacular Architecture in China

Huizhou - mainly in Southeast China

Cave-dwelling ("yaodong")- mainly in Northwest China

Round-dwelling ("yuanlou")- mainly in Southwest China


The Material of Vernacular Architecture in China

Huizhou - mainly in Southeast China

 

Cave-dwelling ("yaodong")- mainly in Northwest China

 

Round-dwelling ("yuanlou")- mainly in Southwest China

 

The Environment of Vernacular Architecture in China

Huizhou - mainly in Southeast China

 

Round-dwelling ("yuanlou")- mainly in Southwest China

 

The detail of vernacular architecture in China

Huizhou - mainly in Southeast China

Cave-dwelling ("yaodong")- mainly in Northwest China

 

Round-dwelling ("yuanlou")- mainly in Southwest China

Other

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