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Up-Down Nine and Five-Foot Way: Characteristics of Cityscape in a Cultural Perspective

Qing Mei1 Man Luo2
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1 Department of Architecture, Tongji University,Shanghai, 200092,China
2 China Cultural Centre in Sydney, NSW, Australia
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2019, 1(1), 527
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The  paper  explores  the  central  question  of  how  to  identify  architecture and  its meaning  that crossed the territory line in a cultural perspective. By analyzing the buildings and spaces with certain  key  dimensional  aspects, the authors havestudiedone  of  the  most  typical streetsin Canton, the Up-Down Nine and its Five-Foot Way. Thispaper argues that the characteristics of  cityscape  covers  aspects  of  surface  structure,  flexible  compressive  components,  pattern forming process, material proto-structure, exactitude of the connections between components, as  shown  in  the  case  study,all  weave  together toform  the  image  and  identity  of  the  city  in history.By  exploring  the  cultural  characteristics  of  urban  space  in  Canton,  as  well  as  the genes  that  produced  the  Up-Down  Nine  street  of Five-Foot Way  pattern,  this  study  aims  to explain   the   street   forming   process   by   comparative   study   on   Canton   cityscape   with Singapore’s since the 19th century linked with culture.

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Up-down nine and five-foot way
This paper was presented at the 9th International Convention of Asia Scholars, July 5–9,2015,Adelaide,Australia. Itis based on one of the authors’research project granted from the China national fund of social science, andsupported by Open Projects Fund of Key Laboratory of Ecology and Energy-saving Study of Dense Habitat(Tongji University), Ministry of Education. The authors would like to express appreciation to the committee of the fund (Code: 14BSH058)

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