lunes, 1 de julio de 2013

#books #architecture | A visual dictionary of Chinese architecture

A visual dictionary of Chinese architecture / Qinghua Guo.
Images Publishing, Victoria : 2002.
160 p. : il.
ISBN 1876907193

Arquitectura -- Diccionarios chinos.
Arquitectura -- Terminología.
Arquitectura -- China.
Chino(Lengua) -- Diccionarios ingleses.
Biblioteca Sbc Aprendizaje | Referencia A-(038)72.032.11 VIS*spi

The dictionary is distinguished by three characteristics: its concern with the exhaustive search for sources of architecture; a research approach to original documents dealing with architectural science and building techniques; and visual descriptions.

The dictionary provides definitions of technical terms; elucidates design, structure and construction practices; interprets techniques, standards, and regulations; documents building materials and tools; and explains typical features that reveal Chinese architecture as a continuous process of evolution from remote antiquity through to contemporary practices.

This book covers specialist areas including: carpentry units, systems, modules and assemblies; design, form and scale; carpentry, joinery, masonry and adobe; building structures and constructions; interior and decoration; working procedures and manufacturing techniques; and building materials and tools. It will be a useful asset to the resources of architects, artisans, builders, and indeed anyone interested in Chinese architecture.

Details of vernacular Chinese architecture have long fascinated the West. This book, illustrated with the superb line drawings of Dr Qinghua Guo, contains the English description and explanation of these often complex and wonderful details. Accompanying the descriptions is the correct Chinese calligraphic transcript. Dr Guo spent six years assembling this masterful work, and as a result has created a 'must' for anyone with an interest in all things Chinese. The book describes Chinese architecture and building processes, explains why Chinese buildings look the way they do, and features the directions given in twelfth century building rules book known as the Yingzao Faschi.

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