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Literary Enchantment and the Garden 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

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...From the decline of the Ming in the fourteenth century through to the eighteenth century of a nomadic Manchu-ruled China, the gentry, and the literati in the fertile land of the Yangtze region in particular, indulged in discourses...

Making The Home A Healing Space

Health And Architecture : The History Of Spaces Of Healing And Care In The Pre-Modern Era

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2021

Book chapter

...Since the 1970s, when medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman explained the Chinese medical system as composed of a professional sector, a folk sector, and a popular sector, much scholarly effort has been devoted to examining medical...

A Deceiving Symbol

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

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...When China was ruled by the Mongols, from 1279 through to 1368 CE, for 88 years, the nomads adapted to the Chinese way of living and built the same courtyards for both the imperial palace and their houses. Chinese life and courtyard...

The Irresistible Metropolis

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

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...China’s first true modern metropolis was created by an accident: the influx of Chinese refugees in foreign concessions in Shanghai. The country gentry, their entourage and dependants were driven out of the hinterland by the Taiping...