ISSN: 1477965X
First published in 2003
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Volume 16 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2018
Chinese characters and the spirit of place in China
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Authors:  Deng Siqi 
DOI: 10.1386/tear.16.1.99_1

Keywords
calligraphy,Chinese characters,traditional architecture,spirit of place,aesthetics,experience

Abstract
Writing, or calligraphy, in China is strongly influenced by ancient techniques of making art. Chinese characters have evolved from the patterns of bronze drawings, and China’s earliest hieroglyphs usually retain the traces of their origin in paintings. These paintings usually recorded daily life, and the related Chinese characters have evolved from these with general, simplified and abstract features. The composition that makes Chinese characters is a manifestation of ancient Chinese philosophy, of which Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are the three key strands. They have affected Chinese culture and aesthetics in all dynasties.
Chinese philosophy emphasizes the integration of individuals in their surrounding environment. The art of ancient China consequently combines skills that relate to the artificial, or constructed, and to natural patterns. Chinese characters make a perfect example of this. The article/presentation will outline the research that I have so far undertaken on the relation between Chinese calligraphy and architectural space, between writing and constructing environments. It will also present some experimental design research that aims at developing from the above-mentioned basic research new architectural typologies that are contemporary, resonant and sensitive to the Chinese context.
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