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The Divergent Tower

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

...From approximately 200 BCE to 200 CE, the Chinese, confined in their courtyards, were allured by the thrill of capacious space beyond. The emperors sought immortality, and the illiterate populace dreamed of eternal justice, both...

China (Qin and Han Dynasties), c. 221 BCE–220 CE

Huizhong Bin

Huizhong Bin is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture in the Fine Arts College, Shanghai University, 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

...In about 221 BCE, and concluding the ‘Warring States’ period, the Qin dynasty managed to unify the six states that covered an area broadly corresponding to what is today eastern and central China. They also abolished the feudal practice...

Living like ‘the Chinese’

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

...Neither language nor racial physiology is reliable in defining ethnicity. Though house forms offer superficial evidence of differences, the courtyard houses of minority ethnic groups in China present puzzling discrepancies of form...