Chinese architectural history rests on eight fundamental understandings—of China, of history, and of architecture.

The first is that architectural studies as an academic discipline focuses on both engineering technology and societal issues. Because architecture has a social content, cultural traditions and artistic criteria play leading roles in the field, and architectural history matters as an important subdiscipline of architectural studies. In China, the “study of architecture” involves buildings, gardens, and urban planning, to paraphrase the entry under that rubric in the Encyclopedia Sinica. Architectural history explores the development and evolution of architecture as an academic pursuit and as evidenced in the construction of buildings. It draws useful lessons from the historical experiences of Chinese people that may be relevant to architecture. Research in architectural history has expanded what is known of the achievements and developmental patterns of traditional building technology and architectural art and can yield the information needed...

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