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Chikan’s Arcade Buildings: The Hybrid and Civil Architecture of Lingnan

Chikan’s Arcade Buildings: The Hybrid and Civil Architecture of Lingnan AbstractThe trade town of Chikan, in the southern part of the Chinese region of Lingnan, is characterized by its arcaded streets built during the 1920s and 1930s – streets lined with buildings whose ground-floor shops open out onto a covered pavement, with dwelling spaces and stores above. Similar buildings exist throughout Lingnan and other parts of Southeast Asia, but they particularly flourished in Guangdong province, and are well preserved in Chikan, where redevelopment has not yet led to large-scale demolition. This article seeks to study Chikan’s arcade buildings as elements of an “architectural sociology” in which they are considered functionally, socially, aesthetically and culturally. It is an investigation of vernacular architecture that aims to reveal the significance of Chikan’s arcade buildings for the locals’ aspirations, identities and lives. It argues that the buildings have a civility or decorum that potentially reveals much about what a town could or should be. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Chikan’s Arcade Buildings: The Hybrid and Civil Architecture of Lingnan

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (2): 23 – May 4, 2018

Chikan’s Arcade Buildings: The Hybrid and Civil Architecture of Lingnan

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (2): 23 – May 4, 2018

Abstract

AbstractThe trade town of Chikan, in the southern part of the Chinese region of Lingnan, is characterized by its arcaded streets built during the 1920s and 1930s – streets lined with buildings whose ground-floor shops open out onto a covered pavement, with dwelling spaces and stores above. Similar buildings exist throughout Lingnan and other parts of Southeast Asia, but they particularly flourished in Guangdong province, and are well preserved in Chikan, where redevelopment has not yet led to large-scale demolition. This article seeks to study Chikan’s arcade buildings as elements of an “architectural sociology” in which they are considered functionally, socially, aesthetically and culturally. It is an investigation of vernacular architecture that aims to reveal the significance of Chikan’s arcade buildings for the locals’ aspirations, identities and lives. It argues that the buildings have a civility or decorum that potentially reveals much about what a town could or should be.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2018.1501214
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Abstract

AbstractThe trade town of Chikan, in the southern part of the Chinese region of Lingnan, is characterized by its arcaded streets built during the 1920s and 1930s – streets lined with buildings whose ground-floor shops open out onto a covered pavement, with dwelling spaces and stores above. Similar buildings exist throughout Lingnan and other parts of Southeast Asia, but they particularly flourished in Guangdong province, and are well preserved in Chikan, where redevelopment has not yet led to large-scale demolition. This article seeks to study Chikan’s arcade buildings as elements of an “architectural sociology” in which they are considered functionally, socially, aesthetically and culturally. It is an investigation of vernacular architecture that aims to reveal the significance of Chikan’s arcade buildings for the locals’ aspirations, identities and lives. It argues that the buildings have a civility or decorum that potentially reveals much about what a town could or should be.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: May 4, 2018

Keywords: glocalization; hybrid; civility; eclecticism; arcade building; Chikan ancient town

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