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Tradition, present, and future: Dwelling in Suzhou
by Zhu, Hong, M.Arch., University of Maryland, College Park, 2011, 176; 1506548
Abstract (Summary)

Global universalization constitutes a subtle destruction of both traditional cultures and original essence. Rapid modernization in Asian cities has created an identity crisis.

Suzhou, located in the southeast coast of mainland China, is a city that has more than 2500 years of history preserved in its landscape but at the same time has embraced modern times and technology.

The project seeks to revitalize the ancient in a modern landscape. Buddhists stress mercy, Christians embrace fraternity, and Confucians strive for Goodness. All three concepts convey a similar idea: that human life will only improve when people set aside their differences and live together harmoniously. Contacts generated in the concrete jungle define the well being of the city.

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Advisor: Noonan, Peter
Commitee: Kelly, Brian, Koliji, Hooman, McFarland, Margaret
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Architecture
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sustainability, Architecture
Keywords: Belief system, Dwelling forms, Landscape settings, Sustainability, Traditional crafts
Publication Number: 1506548
ISBN: 978-1-267-18818-2
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