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Chinese Garden For Modern Life

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Chinese people accumulated an abundance of successful experiences with Chinese garden house design and developed a unique vocabulary of Chinese garden architecture.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Providing enough living places for the world’s largest population is one of the most emerge problems in China today. The crowded condition in Chinese modern cities makes land prices exorbitant and demands constructing tall and large buildings to make maximum use of available lands to fit the need of population growth. Since its material is wood, Chinese traditional garden house should preferably be not more than one story in height or, at most, two stories. At first sight it would seem the theme of low Chinese garden house is not of current theme. The wonderful style of Chinese garden house has thus been abandoned in some Chinese urban area. Many modern buildings in China are only attempting to offer roomier accommodations for vast population and lacking of the imagination and aesthetics. The harmonization between the house and its environment is lost in the mist of the huge scale of modern buildings. Today in most Chinese cities, environment is no longer rich in trees, artificial mountain, clean stream, and other creations of nature. The air itself has lost its freshness and luster in the all-pervading upsurge of smoke, soot, and dust. It becomes more and more difficulties for people to contact with nature environment in the urban area. For long time, living hormonally with nature has been considered as the necessarily way to have a happy life by Chinese people. The rhythm of nature, such as the cycles of the seasons, used to have great effect on the Chinese spirit life. Such, the connect between human spirit and nature is increasingly difficult to find in contemporary cities. In ancient China, pieces of open space attached to back or side of houses had been converted to livable Chinese gardens regardless of sizes and shapes. Through thousand of years of practice, Chinese people accumulated an abundance of successful experiences with Chinese garden house design and developed a unique vocabulary of Chinese garden architecture. Many concepts and design techniques are still meaningful for today’s architectural design practice. Chinese garden houses provide us with some possibilities and ways of keeping a harmonize relationship between buildings and their environment. Chinese garden house offers an adaptable way for restoring urban men like with nature. This does not mean that traditional Chinese garden house should be copied, but its spirit can be alive and full of promise in China today.

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