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……