The Model of City Planning in Chinese Tradition

1 Apr
Tuesday April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Fuyi Zhu, Associate Professor, School of Fine Arts, Nanjing Normal University; 2013-14 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, Auburn University.
New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

In China, theoretical discussion of city planning started around 200 B.C. with a book called Kao Gong Ji. This book was a direct record of the planning principles of the capital city of the first dynasty in Chinese history. Kao Gong Ji generated a prototype for cities, corresponding to Confucian views of the environment and social order. Its significance is demonstrated in a continuous development based on the same ideals in the following 2000 years, until the contemporary time. In today’s China, the urban fabric of four major cities—Beijing, Nanjing, Kaifeng and Xi’an, still preserve traces of its legacy.

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians – New York Metropolitan Chapter and the NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design, and Architecture Studies.


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