How Did Chinese Architecture Become Modern?


November 4, 2023
9:30 - 11:30 AM EDT

What makes a Chinese building Chinese?

How was Chinese architecture transformed in the early 20th century?

What’s the impact of Chinese architecture in the world? And,

How does the Chinese architecture tradition influence buildings of our time?

Led by Professor Nancy Steinhardt, this seminar will begin with an introduction to Chinese architecture, including the principles of Chinese construction and features to look for in Chinese buildings. It will show where these features are found in the Forbidden City and then turn to the 20th century, when the participants will also learn the dramatic story of how architects transformed the built environment of China during decades of political transition and war, and how China’s own modern architecture came to be built.

Two hours of CTLE credits are offered for New York State teachers attending this program. China Institute is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor approved by New York State Education Department.

In partnership with New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (NECLTA) and Chinese Program at Tufts University, PDP certificate is available for NECLTA members.

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