Arch 5105 Design of Chinese Cities
1. Course Information
Instructor: Wang, Weijen
Number of Credits: 3
11. Course Description:
The course consists two major parts:
1. Studies on issues relating to the design of historical and contemporary Chinese Cities; and
2. A research project on issues of Chinese cities, particularly the formation and transformation of specific urban patterns and public spaces.
For the first part, it looks into the basic physical organization and development of traditional, colonial and contemporary Chinese cities, introducing methods in understanding how built forms, particularly urban public spaces and city fabric, express certain aspirations of a culture, and how culture itself conditions their physical shape. It also addresses the issue of urban transformation: how cities took the shape they did? What and why have they changed from their past forms to the present shape? It is to provide students with basic knowledge and framework of study Chinese cities in history.
For the second part, students are to select a research topic for conducting an independent research project relating to the design, formation, and transformation of Chinese cities. Examples of potential research topics including the study of a specific urban pattern, a particular type of urban spaces or urban forms at a place or through a period of time; or a self-organized field studies and in-depth analysis of Chinese cities. Students are to form teams of 2 to 3 for developing their topic of study.
Interested students are also encouraged to take a separate independent study courses as part of his combined research project for the course, exploring methods and skills of designing and constructing a full sized art-shelter project to be installed in a public park of Hong Kong.
111. Course Objectives:
The course aims to provide students with basic understandings on physical patterns and their social-economical as well as cultural context of Chinese cities in history. It also intends to develop a critical perspective and framework for students to study and understand Chinese cities in transformation. Through the research project, it also aims to provide students an opportunity to develop method and skills for analyzing urban pattern and urban spaces in Chinese Cities.
1V Course Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe the physical patterns and explain their social-cultural context of major Chinese Cities in history, including the imperial, colonial and contemporary Chinese cities.
2 Demonstrate the ability to employ analytical methods developed in the course, and use relevant information for conducting research on critical issues related to Chinese cities.
3 Apply knowledge, methods as well as cultural and social position developed in the course for shaping more socially and culturally sensible urban spaces in Hong Kong and China.
V Teaching and Learning Activities
1. Lectures and discussions
2. Book and article reading
3. Essay writing on topics of lectures
4. Development of research topic
5. Progress presentation on the research project
6. Final report writing on the research project
i), Individual essay on Chinese Cities as a reflection of issues discussed
ii), Research Project Report
1. Essays writing on Chinese Cities 30%
2. Outline Presentation 10%
3. Progress Presentation 30%
4. Final Report 30%
VII Course Outline
1. September 02 Introduction
2. September 09 The Imperial Chinese Cities ( I )
Changan and Luoyang of Tang; Kaifeng, Linan and Suzhou of Song
3. September 16 The Imperial Chinese Cities (II)
Beijing and Nanjing of Yuan, Ming and Qing; Town and villages
4. September 30 The Colonial Chinese Cities:
Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan; Dalian ,Harbin, Changchun and Taipei, Hong Kong and Macau
5. October 07 Issues of Traditional Chinese Cities:
Public Spaces and Urban Fabrics
Hand-in: research project topic
6. October 14 Issues of Contemporary Chinese Cities:
From Socialist City to Post-Communist City
7. October 21 Reading and Field Trip Week
Hand-in research project outline
8. October 28 Project Outline Presentation ( I )
9. November 04 Project Outline Presentation ( II )
10. November 11 Progress Project Presentation ( I )
11. November 18 Progress Project Presentation ( II)
12. November 25 Progress Project Presentation ( III )
14. December 23 Final Project Report Hand-in
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B. Imperial Chinese Cities
B1. Steinhardt, Nancy: Chinese Imperial City Planning,
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C. Chinese Colonial and Contemporary Cities
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