11.307 | Summer 2006 | Graduate

Beijing Urban Design Studio


Part I: Chinese Urban History

Clayre, Alasdair. The Heart of the Dragon. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1985. ISBN: 039535336X.

Wright, A. F. “The Cosmology of the Chinese City.” In The City in Late Imperial China. Edited by G. W. Skinner. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1977, pp. 411-451. ISBN: 0804708924.

Tang, Wenfang, and William L. Parish. Chinese Urban Life under Reform: The Changing Social Contract. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 17-48. ISBN: 0521778654.

Part 2: Urban Design and Planning in Ancient China

Wu, Liangyong. “A Brief History of Ancient Chinese City Planning.” Kasseler Schriften Zur Geographie und Planung 38 (1986): 3-12, 50-86, and 92-130.

Golany, Gideon S. Urban Design Ethics in Ancient China . Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001, pp. 43-109. ISBN: 0773474099.

Part 3: Chinese Vernacular Architecture and Garden Design

Liu, Ying, and Adenrele Awotona. Housing Provision and Bottom-up Approaches: Family Case Studies from Africa, Asia, and South America. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 1999, pp. 223-312. ISBN: 1840143037.

Tsu, Frances Ya-sing. Landscape Design In Chinese Gardens. New York, NY: Mcgraw-Hill Book Company, 1987, pp. 3-11 and 151-191. ISBN: 0070653399.

Part 4: Urban Design and Development in Contemporary China

Rowe, Peter G. “Housing Density, Type, and Urban Life in Contemporary China.” Harvard Design Magazine 8 (Summer 1999): 40-45.

Wang, Yaping, and Alan Murie. “The Process of Commercialization of Urban Housing in China.” Urban Studies 33, no. 6 (1996): 971-989.

Lubow, Arthur. “The China Syndrome.” New York Times Magazine, May 21, 2006.

Part 5: The First Stop: Shanghai

Olds, Kris. “Globalizing Shanghai: the Global Intelligence Corps and the Building of Pudong.” Cities 12, no. 3 (1995): 109-123.

Gamble, Jos. Shanghai in Transition. New York, NY: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. ISBN: 0700715711.

Yager, Greg, and Scott Kilbourn. “Lessons from Shanghai Xintiandi: China’s Retail Success Story.” Urban Land Asia, December 2004, 34-37.

Part 6: The Second Stop: Suzhou

Brown-Gillette, Jane. “Eye of the Dragon.” Landscape Architecture 88, no. 1 (1988): 52-80.

Marme, Michael. Suzhou: Where the Goods of All the Provinces Converge. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005, pp. 19-39. ISBN: 0804731128.

Part 7: The Third Stop: Beijing

Liangyong, Wu. “The City of Beijing in Historic Perspective.” In Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing: A Project in the Ju’er Hutong Neighborhood. Vancouver, CA: UBC Press, 1999, pp. 3-15. ISBN: 077480727X.

Zhang, Yan, and Ke Fang. “Politics of Housing Redevelopment in China: The Rise and Fall of the Ju’er Hutong Project in Inner-city Beijing.” Journal of Housing and Built Environment 18 (2003): 75-87.

Zhu, Zixuan. “New Exploration into the Conservation and Rehabilitation of Old Cities.” Building in China 2, no. 4 (1989): 18-26.

Zhang, Jie. “Informal Construction in Beijing’s Old Neighborhoods.” Cities 14, no. 2 (1997): 85-94.

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