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History of Asian Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism: China

The purpose of this research guide is to provide a selection of basic English language resources that outline key elements of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning in China, Japan, and Korea from approximately 1400 BCE to the present.

Recommended Resources

General Overviews [for both ARCH 170A and 170B]

Housing & Vernacular Architecture

Landscape Architecture & Garden History

Tombs & Mausoleums

Religious Buildings & Sites


Search Terms

By dynasty or time period (simplified listing from Oxford Companion to the Garden / ed. By Patrick Taylor.):
Shang, C. 1600-1027 BCE
Zhou, 1027-256 BCE
Qin, 221-206 BCE
Han, 206 BCE-220 CE
Tang, 618-907
Five dynasties, 907-960
Northern Song, 960-1127
Yuan (Mongol), 1279-1368
Ming, 1368-1644
Qing (Manchu), 1644-1911
Republic, 1911-1949
People’s Republic, 1949-Present
By province or city e.g., Canton, Peking (Beijing), etc.
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