The value and meaning of temporality and Its relationship to identity in Kunming City, China

Gao, Yun and Temple, Nicholas (2018) The value and meaning of temporality and Its relationship to identity in Kunming City, China. In: Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West: Care of the Self. Asian Studies . Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 193-218. ISBN 9789462986947

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This chapter highlights the changing relationships between the city and its modes of representation through an examination of the historical transformations of Kunming, a city on the southwest border of China. Our intention is to introduce particular characteristics of urban space in Kunming as the basis for a more detailed examination of the historical differences between Western and Chinese perspectives of temporality in building, which will be explored in a forthcoming book, and how these differences are manifested in the changing social contexts of the city. This chapter demonstrates that changes in the territorialized districts of the traditional city of Kunming since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) constitute a movement towards modernization. Moreover, this development has given rise to a distinctive type of mercantile space within the city centre, with increasing importance attached to the commercial street. Importantly, this feature of the urban topography of Kunming can be seen as closely related to the surrounding mountains and lakes, both within and outside the old city boundaries that have served as primary reference points for Kunming’s urban planning. The study seeks to establish whether the traditional meanings of temporality in building, as manifested within the particular urban grain of Kunming, still inform contemporary urban and architectural practice, given that such relationships are often concealed beneath the homogeneous image of the temporal city.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kunming; urban change; traditional street; temporality; modernisation
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
200 Religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
400 Language > 490 Other languages
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 710 Civic & landscape art
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
800 Literature & rhetoric > 890 Literatures of other languages
900 History & geography > 950 History of Asia; Far East
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Nicholas Temple
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2020 12:52
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 12:54


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