Lecture 4. Classical City Planning

The practices of laying out cities with regard to the geomantic principles of fengshui, enclosing and subdividing urban space within an orthogonal grid of walls and thoroughfares, and creating a hierarchy of space based upon functional and status considerations makes up one of China’s most significant contributions to the global history of urbanism. The rational, gridded order of the Chinese city served as metaphor and reinforcement for compelling ideologies of centralized control that found immense appeal among ruling elites in Korea and Japan, where these ideas made up part of the vast intellectual apparatus that accompanied exchange with various Chinese regimes over many centuries.

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