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History of Asian Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism

The history of Asian architecture and urbanism is as extensive and diverse as the many countries and cultures that embody it. The purpose of this research guide is to provide a selection of basic English language resources that outline key elements of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning in China, Japan, and Korea from approximately 1400 BCE to the present. 

The guide is intended to assist with beginning research of courses Architecture 170A and 170B and Landscape Architecture 170. Unless noted, all materials are in the Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley. Related materials may be found in other campus libraries such as the Doe and Moffitt libraries or the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. For additional assistance please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using The Library's off-campus access services.


Compiled by Louisa Roberts, October 2009

Getting Started

Bibliographies

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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

For good overviews and background information, terms, and bibliographies.

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Finding Books

Search OskiCat or Melvyl using Keywords or Subject Terms.

By Type of Building or Site, AND name of country, for example:

Antiquities
Architecture, Buddhist
Architecture, Domestic
Buildings
Castles
Cities
City planning
Dwellings
Gardens
Houses

Mosques
Palaces
Pavilions
Shrines
Temples
Tombs
Vernacular architecture
Villages
Urbanization
 

By Culture or Religion, AND architecture or landscape or planning, e.g.:

Ise
Shinto
Buddhist
Confucian
Taoism





CHINA by Country, Specific Location, or Time Period

By dynasty or time period (simplified listing from Oxford Companion to the Garden / ed. By Patrick Taylor. NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. Env Design SB469.25.951 2006 Reference Desk):

Shang, C. 1600-1027 BCE
Zhou, 1027-256 BCE
Qin, 221-206 BCE
Han, 206 BCE-220 CE
Tang, 618-907
Five dynasties, 907-960
Northern Song, 960-1127
Yuan (Mongol), 1279-1368
Ming, 1368-1644
Qing (Manchu), 1644-1911
Republic, 1911-1949
People’s Republic, 1949-Present

By province or city, e.g., Peking (Beijing) or Canton, etc.

JAPAN by Country, Specific Location, or Time Period

By time period (chronological table from Cultural atlas of Japan / Martin Collcutt, Marius Jansen, Isao Kumakura. NY: Facts On File, 1988. Env Design DS821.C621 1988, p. 8-9):

Jomon, 11,000-300 BCE
Yayoi, 300 BCE-300CE
Kofun, 300-552 CE
Late Yamato, 552-710
Nara, 710-794
Heian, 794-1185
Kamakura, 1185-1333
Northern & Southern Courts, 1333-1392
Muromachi, 1392-1568
Momoyama, 1568-1600
Edo, 1600-1868
Meiji, 1868-1912
Taisho, 1912-1926
Showa, 1926-1989

By island, region, or city, e.g., Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyoto, etc.

KOREA by Country, Specific Location, or Time Period

By country (North, South).

By province or city, e.g., P'yŏngan, Daegu, Seoul, etc.

By time period, e.g. (from A New History of Korea / Ki–baik Lee. Edward W. Wagner, transl, with Edward J. Shultz. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press for Harvard–Yenching Institute, 1984. Main Stacks DS907.16 .Y5313 1984):

Goguryeo (Koguryŏ) Dynasty, 37 BCE–668 CE
Baekje (Paekche) Dynasty, 18 BCE–660 CE
Silla Dynasty, 57 BCE–935CE
Parhae Dynasty, 698–926
Goryeo (Koryŏ) period, 918–1392
Joseon (Choson or Yi) Dynasty, 1392–1910

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Finding Journal Articles

For additional resources, including articles in Chinese, Japanese or Korean languages, see Chinese Studies Article Databases, Japanese Studies Article Databases, or Korean Studies Article Databases

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China

CHINA - General Overviews [for both ARCH 170A and 170B]

core text = highly recommended

CHINA - Housing & Vernacular Architecture

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CHINA - Landscape Architecture & Garden History

CHINA - Tombs & Mausoleums

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CHINA - Religious Buildings & Sites

CHINA - Urbanism

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Japan

JAPAN - General Overviews [for both ARCH 170A and 170B]

JAPAN - Housing & Vernacular Architecture

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JAPAN - Landscape Architecture & Garden History

JAPAN - Religious Buildings & Sites

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JAPAN - Castles & Palaces

JAPAN - Urbanism

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Korea

KOREA - General Overviews [for both ARCH 170A and 170B]

KOREA - Housing & Vernacular Architecture

KOREA - Landscape Architecture & Garden History

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KOREA - Religious Buildings & Sites

KOREA - Castles & Palaces

KOREA - Urbanism

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