What is the most steadfast element in a city with long history?

6 11 2010

What is the most steadfast element in a city with long history?

by Wang Jing

In the lecture of public realm last week, I impressed on the part of “Why is it important?” There are some similar opinions by the Japanese architect KISHO KUROKAWA in his urban metabolism theory. I am interested in the transform of old cities, and I did some research of historic cities in China during last four years. I agree with his opinion, the urban space matrix, including: Landscape Pattern and street system and traditional space pattern (residential mode, e.g. quadrangle courtyard) are the steadiest part in a traditional city. Here is a research of the public realm transform of an old city in China (Su zhou) which can prove this.

Water system (drawn by author)

Song Dynasty                      1780s                              1880s                               1940s

Road system (drawn by author)

1780s                                     1880s                                                1940s

Monument & Landmark (drawn by author)

To be continued……

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