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The Yingzao Fashi Project
Department of Architecture
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Welcome to the Yingzao Fashi Project. We use computer
models to study and teach 12th-century Chinese wood-frame architecture,
which is described in detail in the government building manual, Yingzao
fashi (Building Method), published in 1103. At this site, we
have assembled some of the materials that we have been developing since
Our most important tool is a virtual model kit--a kit
of parts, rather like Lincoln Logs. This kit is not yet publicly available
because it is still in development, but all the computer models and images
you see at this site were made with it. We have used the virtual model
kit and other materials in our teaching, and we are pleased to say that
our students were enthusiastic about it.
We hope that you find our site interesting, and will be
glad to hear your comments.
- On-line teaching materials
We have developed these materials, which include instructions,
student work, glossary, and bibliography, to support our teaching.
Assignments, courses, and student projects since 1993
- Students' reactions
Thoughts from our students about Chinese architecture
and the virtual model kit.
In these academic papers, we discuss how and why we
use computer models both to study and to teach Chinese architecture.
- Who's who
The people behind this site
- Related sites
Other sites about computing and Chinese architecture
In a hurry? Here are some shortcuts to instant
- Photographs, drawings, and
descriptions of extant buildings
Selected examples from the time of the Yingzao
- Interactive image of a bracket set
Shows the variations possible according to the Yingzao
- Animated construction
How all the components of a small building fit
- Animated walk-through
A walk-through of a small building built according
to the Yingzao fashi. (Size)
- Interactive model of a building component
A VRML model of a smoke tree block (lu dou).
Requires a VRML viewer. (Size)
- Interactive model of a bracket set
A VRML model of the characteristic Chinese subassembly
in the roof. Requires a VRML viewer. (Size)
- Stereo model of a building
An Inventor model of a small building built according
to the Yingzao fashi. Requires an Inventor viewer and stereo glasses.
We'd like to know what you think of this site. Send
your (constructive) comments to Andrew
I-kang Li. August 1997.
Keywords: Chinese architecture, computer-aided
design, computer-aided architectural design, CAD, CAAD, Yingzao fashi,
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