Item description for Vanishing Tradition: Architecture and Carpentry of the Dong Minority of by Klaus Zwerger...
An exploration of the unique wooden architectural tradition of the Dong minority peoples of the rugged mountainous regions of south-western China, a tradition most likely to disappear in decades to come as it is overwhelmed by China's current rampant modernization. The author discusse s the historic development of Dong architectural
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Studio: Orchid Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.5" Height: 11.5" Weight: 2.62 lbs.
Release Date Aug 25, 2006
Publisher Orchid Press
ISBN 9745240613 ISBN13 9789745240612
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More About Klaus Zwerger
Klaus Zwerger is assistant professor at the Institute of Design Theory at the University of Technology in Vienna. His research focuses on traditional building techniques and particularly the comparative study of historic wood.
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Excellent! May 5, 2008
I really have enjoyed this book on the architecture of the Dong Minority. It has excellent photographs and essays that illuminate rural, village life in southern China.
Stratification vs. Modernization Feb 2, 2008
This is a great book, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the issues of modernization and of preservation of the heritage. I am an urban person and have lived in modernized cities all my life, and it would be simply ignorant to side with preserving the old town structures over the comfort of modern cities because as beautiful as the pictures of this book show, people seem to be in poor environments, and they would most likely have both admiration and suspicion about the modernization process and the rules of the majority. Nevertheless, one would wonder if there are any ways to bring in all the good aspirations modern movements (in architecture) have had without destroying the ingenious and indigenous cultures. It just feels like too much loss to think that these beautiful and carefree wooden structures, with the tradition of carpentry that created this vernacular architecture, might disapprear completely in near future. This book not only covers the residential architecture of the Dong minority but also discussions about the public spaces such as drum towers, village stages and wind-rain bridges in detail with drawings and gorgeous atmospheric black and white photos. The author makes sure that in case all things are replaced by generic modern elements, at least the memories of the past may be kept in a book by providing thoroughly researched history, rituals and lives of these people expressed through architecture.