Contents: Foreword, Ronald G. Knapp; Prologue; Introduction: lost link between Heaven and Earth; Part I Cultural Sustainability: Four pillars of sustainable development: courtyard housing and cultural sustainability; Four key themes in Chinese philosophy on city planning and courtyard house design. Part II Classical Courtyard Houses of China: Form and environmental quality, space and construction quality of classical courtyard houses; Matters of social cohesion, time and cultural activities in classical courtyard houses. Part III New Courtyard Housing: Historic preservation and modernization of classical courtyard houses; Harmony with Heaven: form and environmental quality of the new courtyard housing; Harmony with Earth: space and construction quality of the new courtyard housing; Harmony with humans: matters of social cohesion in the new courtyard housing; Harmony with self: time and cultural activities in the new courtyard housing. Part IV Culturally Sustainable Architecture: Four cornerstones of culturally sustainable architecture. Part V Future New Courtyard Garden Houses: Conclusion: in search of paradise; Epilogue; Appendix; References; Index.
Donia Zhang is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BArch, MA, PhD) in the UK and Brock University (MEd) in Canada. She has worked in the architectural industry for 7 years, taught art history and AutoCAD, among other subjects, in Ontario. She has published two other books: Courtyard Houses of Beijing: Past, Present, and Future (2009/2010/2011), and Schoolyard Gardening as Multinaturalism: Theory, Practice, and Product (2009).
'The book is well illustrated with examples of both remnant and new courtyard housing including plans for new housing developments by the author herself. This book will appeal to all interested in heritage and conservation.' Urban Design