"China's Old Dwellings" by Ronald G. Knapp. Published by Hawaii University. 2000. 362 pages. Numerous illustrations (maps, drawings, reproductions of ancient engravings, photos). Soft cover as pictured is clean showing almost no wear. Binding is solid. Pages are clean. No marks, highlighting, underlining or inscriptions.
A comprehensive critical examination of China's folk architectural forms. The work begins by tracing the interest in Chinese vernacular buildings in the 20th century. Early chapters detail common and distinctive spatial components, including the interior and exterior modular spaces that are axiomatic components of most Chinese dwellings as well as conventional structural components and building materials that are common in Chinese construction. Later chapters examine representative housing types in the three broad cultural realms - northern, southern and western - into which China has been divided. Knapp completes his survey with an exploration of China's old dwellings in the context of the rapid economic and social changes that are destroying so many of them.