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Tao of Architecture

by Amos Chang Princeton University Press
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Pbk 104 pages
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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.

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

"An extremely captivating and thought-provoking essay." Artibus Asiae


"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

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.