The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Architecture is an innovative and critical reference work bringing together over 40 newly commissioned articles on major emerging themes. The contributors cover `ancient' (dynastic) and `modern' (republican, socialist and contemporary) developments, privileging an approach that emphasizes social production and the social use of buildings and spaces in various historical conditions. The handbook connects with contemporary debates in the wider context of social science, cultural studies and political discourse, enlivening the study of Chinese architecture and setting an agenda for new research. As such it is an important reference work for advanced students and academics working on aspects of Chinese architecture: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, property and construction, art history, cultural studies, social studies and sociology, political sciences, and China studies.
Jianfei Zhu is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Wei Chen is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Southeast University, People's Republic of China. Hua Li is an Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Architectural Histories and Theories, School of Architecture, Southeast University, People's Republic of China.