Liang Sicheng was a Chinese architect and scholar, often known as the father of modern Liang authored the first modern history on Chinese architecture, and he was the founder of the Architecture Department . Liang’s posthumous manuscript “Chinese Architecture, A Pictorial History”, written in English, edited by Wilma. Written in the s by the late Chinese architect and founder of historic research on China’s ancient architecture Ssu- ch’eng, and intended for a Western. A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture: A Study of the Development of £ ] Forty years ago Liang Sicheng, pioneer architectural historian, decided to.

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Liang Qichao quit his government post and initiated a social and literary movement to introduce modern, Western thought to Chinese society. To ask other readers questions about Chinese Architectureplease sign up. Paperbackpages. Despite Liang’s contribution to ihstory national emblem of the People’s Republic of China and helping with the reconstruction of Beijing, his theory of architecture, which emphasized the greatness of Chinese building tradition, was severely and publicly criticized; Liang was accused of “thinking that the Communist Party did not understand architecture”, and that his affinity to traditional designs was a “phenomenon of waste in construction”.

Robert added it Feb 13, All of these books became the platform for later scholars to explore the principles and evolution of Chinese architecture, and are still considered classics today. Kanku Shu marked it as to-read Dec 20, Based on years of unprecedented field studies by the author, the illustrations depict many of the temples, pagodas, historu, bridges, and imperial palaces comprising China’s architectural heritage.

A Pictorial History by Liang Ssu-ch’eng. The text occupies all of Volume 7 in his ten-volume Collected Works. Amanda marked it as to-read Oct 18, Inthey were commissioned archtiecture design the Monument to the People’s Heroeswhich was to be erected in the center of the Tiananmen Square.


His younger brother, Liang Siyongwas one of China’s first archaeologists. InLiang married Lin Huiyin known in English as Phyllis Linwho had studied with him at the University of Pennsylvania and became an equally renowned scholar.

This time a more systematic and all-around curriculum was discreetly put forward, consisted of courses of fine artssicheg, history, science, and professional practice. It’s a must-have for anyone interested in Asian architecture or historic photos of classic Chinese architecture.

Liang’s advice that it should resemble the stone memorial stele universally found throughout China swayed the design group. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Since the carpenters were generally illiterate, methods of construction were usually conveyed orally from master to apprentice, and were regarded as secrets within every craft.

However, during the Cultural RevolutionLiang Sicheng was again persecuted as “an authority of counter-revolutionary scholarship”, and all his co-workers at Tsinghua University were sent off to the rural regions as part of the ” Down to the Countryside Movement “.

Chinese Architecture: A Pictorial History

To spread and share his understandings and appreciation of Chinese architecture, and most importantly, to help save its diminishing building technologies, Liang published his first book, Qing Structural Regulations in Communist Party of China.

At that time Shenyang was under the hisgory of Japanese troops, which was a big challenge to perform any professional practice.

Liang at Tsinghua University, It was not an easy task. This book was published after the author’s death. He later put forward a proposal that a new administrative center for government buildings with a north-south axis be established west of the Forbidden City, a significant distance from the ancient Inner City. Liang’s wife Lin Zhu helped her husband hide the notes and pictrial, including the Annotated Yingzao Fashi to architceture published posthumously over a decade laterto avoid possible confiscation or destruction by the Red Guards.


Stein played an instrumental role in the establishment of the architectural and planning program at Tsinghua University. Preview — Chinese Architecture by Liang Ssu-ch’eng.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Gabriella Yolanda marked it as to-read Jun 09, Jun 13, May Siceng rated it really liked it Shelves: Because of their effort, these buildings managed to survive.

Matthew marked it as to-read Jul 11, Nicole See added it Aug 11, Tsinghua University University of Pennsylvania. Alice King rated it it was ok Sep 21, He greatly benefited from his education in America, which also prepared him pictorlal his future career as a scholar and professor in China. InLiang and his colleague, Zhang Rui, won an award of the physical plan of Tianjin. After the war, Liang was invited to establish the hitsory and urban planning programs at Tsinghua University.

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Mark added it Jul 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Archived from the original on The Empress Dowager Cixi, the emperor’s adoptive mother and the power behind the throne, imprisoned the emperor, and executed many of the movement’s leaders.

He felt a strong impulse to study Chinese traditional architecture and that it was his responsibility to interpret and convey its building methods. Tao Shi marked it as to-read Sep 03, This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Justine marked it as to-read Oct hisgory, They listed their arguments in the “Suggestions on the location of central government district”, which could also be seen in the letter Liang wrote to the Prime Minister of China Zhou Enlai at that time.