Title page for ETD etd-10262006-003043

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sung, Li-wen
Author's Email Address sliwen@vt.edu
URN etd-10262006-003043
Title Decoding Chinese Classical Architecture for Contemporary Architectural Design - With Special Reference to Modern Architectural Development in Taiwan
Degree PhD
Department Environmental Design and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rodriguez-Camilloni, Humberto L. Committee Co-Chair
Wang, Joseph C. Committee Co-Chair
Kilper, Dennis J. Committee Member
Schneider, Mark E. Committee Member
Wong, Young-tsu Committee Member
  • Taiwanese architecture
  • relativity
  • regionalism
  • structural beauty
  • design concept
  • form and essence
  • Chinese classical architecture
Date of Defense 2006-10-11
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This research began with an exploration of the phenomenon of cultural conflict and fusion in the process of architectural modernization in Taiwan. It will examine the impact of modern and contemporary theories on the practice of architecture of the island. It will then seek out the essence of Chinese classical architecture in order to develop an approach for the development of the future Chinese/Taiwanese architecture. In addition, the findings of the study could serve as a reference for scholars who would pursue historical and theoretical studies of in the subject, or for architects who are seeking design concepts to enhance their projects.

The study utilizes an interpretive-historical methodology. It emphasizes that researchers should investigate social phenomena within broader and more complex contexts of what to uncover the underlying cultural factors. To highlight their significance, the author will pursue a hypothetic project to examine and demonstrate the meaningfulness and applicability of the concepts learned from the research.

Efforts were made to discover ways in which Taiwanese and Chinese architectural culture can deal with foreign influences, such that it will be able to enjoy the benefits of modernization while maintaining its unique character and identity. Moreover, it will attempt to uncover ways in which Chinese architecture can in fact influence the global contemporary architectural culture. Finally, it is hoped that this work will produce a useful reference for students, scholars and architects who wish to develop design projects that reflect and celebrate regional cultures.

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