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Book cover of Traditional Suzhou Residences (Centenary Edition), with residential homes alongside canal. Published by Tongji University Press.

Traditional Suzhou Residences (Centenary Edition)

By (author) Chen Congzhou


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  • The book discusses the historical background of Suzhou traditional residences in detail, and explains the overall style and characteristics of Suzhou traditional houses
  • This book is suitable for professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design and for students and teachers in a wide range of professional colleges and universities, as well as for all who love traditional Chinese culture
Full Description

The design and construction of traditional homes in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, are an important part of Chinese cultural heritage. They illustrate the wisdom of the craftsmen and builders, and reflect the social conditions and economic situation of the period. Through abundant archival illustrations and graphics, this book explores the historical background of Suzhou’s traditional residences in detail, and explains their overall style and characteristics through targeted research and analysis. This is a valuable sources of information for those who study the history of architecture, residential buildings, and traditional Chinese culture.

Text in English and Chinese.

About the Author

Chen Congzhou (1918-2000), Professor of Architecture at Tongji University, Shanghai, was the leading Chinese garden historian of his generation, and also a practicing landscape architect involved in the restoration of historic gardens. He served as an advisor to I. M. Pei & Associates and was made an honorary member of the Japanese Garden Society. He is widely referenced and quoted by specialists on Chinese gardens, and is considered one of the most preeminent thinkers and scholars in this field.

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Tongji University Press
8th Nov 2022
Paperback / softback
World excluding China
260 mm x 188 mm
204 Pages
270 b&w
Name of series
CHEN Congzhou - Chinese Classical Gardens and Residences
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