Chinese Architecture: A Pictorial History (Dover Architecture)
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Don't get me wrong, this book is still amazing! It has a ton of information, and is a very detailed read. It just wasn't what I was looking for. I'd been hoping for some historical housing, or a more detailed look at the Forbidden City. If the table of contents for this book had been available for me to look at, I probably would not have gotten this book right now. I'm going to keep it for the amazing details, just a little disappointed that it wasn't what I was expecting. To me, to say a book is about the historical architecture of a people, it should contain more than just grandiose monuments but also have more general use architecture.
So to sum up - it's a great book if you're looking for structural details such as pillar placement, proportions, and the elaborate roofing system used in historic China. But there isn't much on the interiors of buildings, unless you plan to house Buddhist statuary.
it's like columbus "discovering" america
but this book does honor the work, and is a much appreciated record of architecture that otherwise would be lost or forgotten
Great book to get with Lin & Liang, biography by Wilma Fairbanks.
The rest of his story is unbelievably dramatic.( You can find more details in <<Liang and Lin>> by Wilma Fairbank)
I am very glad for the reprint of this cheaper edition, this is the book that every historian of Chinese architecture should have.Highly recommended to Chinese historians as well as architecture lover.