中国房子

中国房子

图书基本信息
出版时间:2009-5
出版社:五洲传播出版社
作者:波普客
页数:171
译者:刘浚
书名:中国房子
封面图片
中国房子

前言
We regard Chinese houses as a medium of social aesthetic values.Through recording and description, we seekafter a visualized analytical system by revealing the hidden meaning of individual houses. How can we find theaesthetic values of Chinese houses? We believe that by representing matters as they are, we are interpretingthem. Houses are the most obvious and handy objects of observation in our living space. A Chinese houseembodies the culture and customs of the Chinese people, more importantly, it reflects the fundamentalaesthetic views of the Chinese. What we did is to observe and present the images.Among Chinese architectures, the most iconic one is perhaps thelqan'anmen Rostrum, followed by the Bird Nest thathas recently become a national symbol, or the new building for CCTV designed by Rem Koolhaas. But how manypeople have closely observed the little-known common houses that abound in quantity in cities, counties, townsand villages?They can't provide news pegs; history hasn't bestowed the plain houses with any memorable events;nor can they offer any sparkling architectural concepts worthy of discussion. Compared with the famous landmarks,numerous ordinary houses have provided the space for most Chinese people's daily activities: living, doing business,enjoying leisure, working, studying, even paying homage to deities... These houses that are hard to describe andneglected by most people have formed the normal state of Chinese architecture.China is experiencing waves of construction unseen for centuries or even millenniums. From infrastructureconstruction with national investment to real estate business that affects the life of every Chinese, the topic ofChinese architecture covers a wide spectrum. Discussions over Chinese architecture have been heated, withmost studies launched from the urban point of view. All the debates, experiments and earnest appeals havetaken the city as the assumed target. But even inside the urban sphere, the explorations have been confinedwithin official buildings and massive commercial structures. On the contrary, common Chinese houses havebeen ignored with their familiarity and plainness. We have been walking in cities and villages, taking photos ofgrassroots houses and trying to reveal their aesthetic values.
内容概要
Has anyone seriously observed the houses scattered in China's metropolis, counties or towns? Huge in number, these plain buildings have nothing to catch news headlines.History hasn't conferred them any special meaning, nor can they supply food for debates with ingenious design. However, such common houses represent the fundamental aesthetic awareness of contemporary Chinese.
书籍目录
PrefacePublicSpaceFolk
ResidencesCommunitiesDoor,Window,WallCourtyardTemporary
Buildings

章节摘录
插图:Department
stores
have
replaced
movie
theaters
to
become
the
town
center.The
oldest
shopping
area
in
anytown
or
city
is
often
called
Baihuo
Dalou
-
Grand
Building
of
1
00
Commodities.
Such
old-fashioned
stores
havebeen
replaced
by
trendy
shopping
malls
or
commercial
streets,
which
are
the
throbbing
heart
of
a
moderncity.
However,
to
catch
a
glimpse
of
the
residents'
real
life,
one
can
visit
the
vegetable
market.
Whether
in
smalltowns
or
cosmopolis,
such
markets
are
surprisingly
similar.The
stalls
line
up
in
rows,
with
inadequate
lightingthroughout
the
year,
but
attracting
customers
who
display
the
same
eagerness
in
bargaining
over
a
dazzlingarray
of
vegetables,
fruits
and
others.
Many
housewives
would
drag
small
carts
or
carry
a
basket
to
the
market.Wandering
among
the
stalls
displaying
the
season's
freshest
crops
or
meat,
a
housewife
would
carefully
selectthe
materials
for
nutritional
meals
of
the
day.
Without
spending
too
much,
she
can
get
both
green
leavesand
tender
pork.
A
Chinese
housewife's
ability
to
cook
wonderful
meal
with
limited
cash
can
be
amazingand
admirable.
Many
Chinese
would
follow
the
same
route
on
their
daily
shopping
rounds.
Perhaps
very
fewpeople
really
care
about
the
building
of
the
market.
Without
care,
these
buildings
are
invariably
dusty
and
gray,or
simply
hidden
behind
billboards
and
various
ads.Compared
with
shopping
malls,
shops
in
counties
and
towns
are
less
flaring
but
more
amiable.
Residentsmay
turn
a
small
part
of
their
apartment
that
faces
the
street
into
a
small
shop
which
sells
daily
necessitieslike
vinegar
and
soy
sauce.
Such
shops
may
function
as
a
mini
community
center,
as
neighbors
lounge
abouton
chairs
provided
by
the
shop
owner,
exchanging
latest
news
in
town.
Such
unobtrusive
shops
that
scattereverywhere
have
provided
much
convenience
to
the
neighborhood.For
students,
the
most
important
public
building
is
their
school.The
classroom
and
the
playground
are
where
theyspend
most
of
the
day.
For
most
Chinese
children
bom
in
an
average
family,
studying
remains
the
only
channelto
change
their
fate.
If
a
teenager
succeeded
in
the
examinations
to
enter
a
prestigious
senior
middle
school
or
auniversity,
he
or
she
will
definitely
be
regarded
as
a
model
by
anxious
parents
in
the
community.
An
old
tale
goes
thata
diligent
young
man
hung
his
hair
on
the
beam
and
thrust
an
awl
at
his
leg
to
keep
himself
awake
while
reading
deepinto
the
night.
Such
stories
have
remained
popular
in
the
nation
as
the
pressure
of
the
huge
population
forces
peopleto
strive
hard
for
any
chances.
For
those
who
have
succeeded,
donating
for
public
education
always
wins
applauses.Many
middle
schools
and
universities
would
name
a
building
or
a
laboratory
with
the
name
of
the
generousphilanthropist.
Architectures
will
remain
standing
for
many
years
in
normal
times,
thus
it's
wise
to
turn
cash
withundulating
value
into
something
tangible.The
Hope
Project
has
gained
numerous
people's
support.
Some
donatemoney,
others
volunteer
as
teachers,
they've
all
joined
in
the
surging
torrent
of
sending
warmth
to
underprivilegedchildren.
Dilapidated
rural
schools
may
lag
behind
luxurious
private
schools
in
many
ways,
but
the
sound
of
child
ren'schanting
is
equally
soul-touching,
symbolizing
the
hopes
of
a
family
and
an
entire
nation.


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