The Tao of Architecture by Amos Ih Tiao ChangThe Tao of Architecture by Amos Ih Tiao Chang

The Tao of Architecture

byAmos Ih Tiao ChangForeword byDavid Wang

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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Frank Lloyd Wright first noted the affinity between modern Western architecture and the philosophy of the ancient Chinese writer Laotzu. In this classic work, Amos Ih Tiao Chang expands on that idea, developing the parallel with the aid of architectural drawings and Chinese paintings. Now with a new foreword by David Wang, this book reveals the vitality of intangible, or negative, elements. Chang writes that these qualities make architectonic forms "come alive, become human, naturally harmonize with one another, and enable us to experience them with human sensibility." The Tao of Architecture continues to be essential reading for understanding the intersection between architecture and philosophy.

Amos Ih Tiao Chang (1916-98) was professor of architecture at Kansas State University. His books include China: Tao in Architecture. David Wang is professor of architecture in the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University. He is the author of A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture: Past, Present, Future.
Title:The Tao of ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pagesPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691175713

ISBN - 13:9780691175713

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Princeton Classics Edition v

Foreword xix

Introduction 3

National Life-movement in Architecture Vision 11

Variability and Complement 23

Balance and Equilibrium 41

Individuality and Unity 59

Conclusion 69

Editorial Reviews

"The measure of Dr. Chang's achievement is [in] its broad vision and insight. . . In sum, [this book] wonderfully repays the intense and difficult reading it demands."-Alan Gowans, Art Bulletin