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The Hearth and the Storyteller

Harry Francis Mallgrave

Harry Francis Mallgrave is an architect, scholar and editor and distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. He is the author of over 15 books, the recipient of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, and is an Honorable Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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From Object to Experience : The New Culture of Architectural Design

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

Book chapter

...Olaf Blanke & Thomas Metzinger, “Full-Body Illusions and Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13:1 (2008), Abstract.We ask, what are the minimally sufficient conditions for the appearance of the phenomenal self...

Egypt (Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom), c. 3100–2150 BCE

Dieter Arnold

Dieter Arnold is an archaeologist and Emeritus Curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...During prehistoric times in Egypt, and certainly from around 5000 BCE onwards, humans entered the Nile valley and began to form settlements there. From this developed one of the greatest ancient cultures of humankind, peaking in what...

Sumer and Akkad (Iraq), c. 3500–2000 BCE

Harriet Crawford

Harriet Crawford is Reader Emerita at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The marshes and plains of southern Iraq, known as Sumer from about 3000 BCE, were very productive, though the plain needed irrigation before cultivation was possible. The area lacked certain essentials like good-quality stone and strong...

The Andes (Pre-Ceramic Period to Early Horizon), c. 4000–200 BCE

Andrew James Hamilton

Andrew James Hamilton is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The Andes range was perhaps the world’s most unusual ‘cradle of civilization’. Elsewhere, urbanized human societies developed in protective, fertile river valleyshere people settled a narrow shelf of land between the Pacific Ocean...

What Makes the Chinese House

Xing Ruan

Xing Ruan was born in Kunming, China in 1965. He studied architecture, and currently is Guangqi Chair Professor and Dean at the School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He was Professor of Architecture at Sydney’s University of New South Wales (2004–20). His previous books include: Fusheng Jianzhu [Floating Life and Architecture 浮生·建筑], 2020; Allegorical Architecture, 2006; New China Architecture, 2006; Hand and Mind, 2018; Topophilia and Topophobia, 2007. He is co-editor, with Ronald Knapp, of the book series Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Confucius’ Courtyard : Architecture, Philosophy and the Good Life in China

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2022

Book chapter

...The anatomy and the conceptual meaning of the Chinese courtyard are introduced in this chapter through the ways in which it was lived in Chinese antiquity. Staged in the courtyard house of Confucius’ time some 2500 years ago (based...

China to c. 256 BCE

Zhengwei Zhang

Zhengwei Zhang is Librarian of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The period before the mid-third century BCE was the embryonic stage for Chinese civilization. There were diverse regional civilizations up to about 8,000 years ago, meaning that what we regard as ‘classic’ Chinese cultural formations had...

The city, humanity and time

Tony Fry

Tony Fry is Director of the sustainment consultancy Team D/E/S and Professor of Design, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. He is also author of Design Futuring: Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice (Berg, 2008) and Design as Politics (Berg, 2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Remaking Cities : An Introduction to Urban Metrofitting

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Consideration will now be given to ancient, pre-modern and colonial cities, but why? Do they have any significance to issues of remaking cities and to metrofitting? The answer has to be ‘yes’.Our starting point is to acknowledge...