Date of Award

8-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Architecture

Major

Architecture

Major Professor

Edgar Stach

Committee Members

Barbara Klinkhammer, Archana Sharma, Suzanne Wright

Abstract

The thesis explores the reinterpretation of the spatial, social and cultural values of Chinese traditional courtyard house. I use Colin Rowe’s mathematical architecture theory and literal and phenomenal transparency theory to analyze the spatial logics existing in the Chinese courtyard house, as well as the generated social functions and its cultural background. Abstracting the spatial, social and cultural values of the Chinese courtyard house and establishing a modern architectural language with the ideas inherent in the study of Chinese traditional courtyard house is mutually benefi cial for contemporary housing design.

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