Treatise/architecture in Wang Shu’s work: three readings on fictionalizing cities and the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art

Xin, Jin (2018) Treatise/architecture in Wang Shu’s work: three readings on fictionalizing cities and the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This work intends to investigate the relation between the architectural treatise and architecture through three case studies. In Vitruvius’s tradition, the treatise is taken as the ‘reasoning’ on the ‘making’. Nevertheless, from the semiotic point of view, the treatise and architecture, or more fundamentally, writing and building are different symbol systems. Both the mediums possess the making aspects. And they are in a concept-substance process also of formal analogy.

This duality is demonstrated in the case studies on the Chinese architect Wang Shu’s PhD thesis Fictionalizing Cities and his built work the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art. Adopting a kind of semiotic approach, this study shows that Fictionalizing Cities and the CAA Campus are isomorphic forms. More generally speaking, the treatise and architecture are associated with two dimensions: they are developmental in time as well as transformational in space.

Moreover, this formalist study distinguishes the treatise’s writing form and its social use. The latter is confined to the internal law of the former. The signification law permits one to distinguish the critique of culture and that of form in architecture. And the metaphor/metonymy contrast can describe the rhetoric nature of architectural critique discourses.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Hale, Jonathan
Wang, Qi
Keywords: Fictionalizing Cities, Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art, Wang Shu, formal analysis, Treatise and architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering > Built Environment
Item ID: 48332
Depositing User: Jin, Xin
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 04:40
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 04:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48332

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