Understanding Chinese Cities. Redesigning italian methods


  • Li Bao Southeast University in Nanjing
  • Marco Trisciuoglio Polytechnic of Torino




urban morphologies, tradition, Chinese courtyard houses, regeneration


What could be the outcomes of an urban regeneration project in China nowadays? Should we really choose between ordinary districts composed of tall, anonymous buildings or gated communities closed into inner villages and dominated by fake restorations in the traditional Chinese style? In the contemporary Chinese society, with the economic system becoming more and more complex along with the new rules concerning ownership, all these novelties demand designers and decision-makers to find a third way, namely, the new sustainable architecture that is designed based on the typological and morphological fundamentals of the city. That is also a way for the necessary renovation of typological and morphological studies into the architectural and urban worldwide culture towards much less rigid and much more flexible ideas of what a type is. The paper describes the teaching experience of two architectural design professors (one Chinese and one Italian) in Nanjing at SEU Arch during the last four years.


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Author Biographies

Li Bao, Southeast University in Nanjing

Full Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, she is Director of the Department of Architecture and Chinese Coordinator of the Research Unit Transitional Morphologies, PoliTo/SEU.
E-mail: baoli@seu.edu.cn

Marco Trisciuoglio, Polytechnic of Torino

Full Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture and Design, he is Italian Coordinator of the Research Unit Transitional Morphologies, PoliTo/SEU.
E-mail: marco.trisciuoglio@polito.it


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How to Cite

Bao, L. and Trisciuoglio, M. (2018) “Understanding Chinese Cities. Redesigning italian methods”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 3(online), pp. 123–132. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/3172018.



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