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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

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...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...

China (Liao to Yuan Dynasties), 907–1368

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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

...These five empires – Liao, Song, Western Xia, Jin and Yuan – are as diverse as any in China’s history. Upon the Tang dynasty’s fall in 907, China became thoroughly divided. Already, however, the non-Chinese dynasty known as Liao (r...